Mystery Train Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
...has the same weird beauty as a Van Morrison vocal, a mannered eccentricity that somehow cracks open and lays bear the stuttering, fervid heart of what could have been banal material.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Sean Axmaker
June 27, 2010
... his unhurried rhythms give the deadpan mix of quirky Americana, pop culture, and cinematic poetry a quietly lived-in quality...
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010
Jarmuschs films are usually about the gradual accretion of small details than the articulation of a conventional narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
June 22, 2010
(O)nce it plants itself within, it remains a vivid cultural memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 21, 2010
Jarmusch finds visual poetry in the run-down, the ignored, and the decrepit, especially via the use of neon colors cutting into the darkness and the gray
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 18, 2010
The humor is here. It's so deadpan that it sneaks up on you.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 10, 2010
The three-part structure of Mystery Train is still a bit shambling and slight, but there's an undeniable air of deadpan cool that permeates the film and gives it a haunting sense of place.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
January 4, 2009
[in] Jarmusch's strange elegy for faded Americana... nostalgia reigns, love is lost, death is never far away, and everything is haunted by the ghost of Elvis, "young and beautiful looking, like in 1956".
Emanuel Levy
January 29, 2007
Jarmusch's mildly entertaining film tells three stories that take place at the same time but are told sequentially (end-to-end) rather than through intercutting, which is Hollywood's prevalent norm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Happily, Jarmusch's formal inventiveness is framed by a rare flair for zany entertainment ...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 25, 2006
Brilliantly witty and keenly observant of the social scene.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
October 2, 2005
Intriguing, if hit-or-miss comedy from Jarmusch.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
It's the best thing Mr. Jarmusch has done to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
A beauty on-screen, but lacking a developed theme.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 15, 2003
Peculiar and peculiarly fascinating.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Great casting and occasional moments of grace.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 9, 2003
An experimental film that went 'pulp' before 'fiction.'
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
This film offers an entertaining slice of modern life in the town celebrated as Elvis Presley's home.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Jarmusch doesn't really seem as interested in telling stories as painting portraits, developing rich characters and weaving complex texture, so that he reveals to his audience an Americana that is with us every day but probably not visible to most of us.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Certainly Jarmusch brings back his favorite predilections (and probably always will), but he makes his passengers interesting, kicks the plot off the platform whenever possible and keeps the way ahead refreshingly uncertain.
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