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Vodka Lemon Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 3, 2005
This is frostbitten Fellini -- a film that finds fresh beauty and contentment in the wake of centuries of conquering armies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
April 22, 2005
Despite some banalities and Romen Avinian's slightly overdone Hamo, Vodka Lemon is a fresh breath of air, warmer than the icy village in which it takes place. You'll leave the theater with a wink and a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 24, 2005
Objectively, it's a sad story of yearning and hardship, but it's structured and performed like a comedy. As life is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2005
Director Hiner Saleem has created a magical movie that veers, even within scenes, from love story to tragedy to comic relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 7, 2005
Manages to chill our bones while delighting that part of us that relishes absurdity.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 7, 2005
Saleem nourishes his tale of the widower Hamo and widow Nina with a greening bud of romance. And he has wit and warmth to spare for all the movie's denizens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 24, 2004
A thematically bleak yet subtly comic film.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 24, 2004
Vodka Lemon dispenses with the usual conventions of most holiday films at the multiplex.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 18, 2004
Vodka Lemon is an appealingly wry little film that is as appetizing as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
November 17, 2004
Hiner Saleem achieves the droll absurdity of a folktale with a vein of magical realism in this exceedingly dry and precise and slow-paced comedy set in a depressed, tiny village in northern post-Soviet Armenia.
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
October 8, 2004
Vodka moves about as fast as the distant ice caps melt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 8, 2004
There is no small amount of splendor to be found in its frozen panoramas and charm in its idiosyncratic storytelling.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 8, 2004
He's in no hurry to tell the story, and viewers drawn in by the warm-hearted tale and charmingly eccentric characters will be in no hurry for the closing credits.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Stratton
Variety
September 29, 2004
A little gem that takes a potentially grim subject and mines it for maximum humor and insight.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 28, 2004
... the movie makes comic eloquence look easy.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 1, 2004
This movie has an antic, mordant visual poetry that matches up with the rancor and feeling in its population's souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5