Mister Lonely Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Curdles into fanciful obscurantism
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It's movies like this that the art house was made for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 3, 2008
A bore.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 25, 2008
The film, more ant farm than movie, seems like a lazy effort from a talent who has lost his edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 6, 2008
This film may be Korine's most accessible as a director, featuring characters, images, and situations that are stirring and unforgettable -- even if they don't add up to a complete narrative or visual whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 3, 2008
Fails to achieve any kind of cumulative meaning outside of Korine's private amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
June 1, 2008
The film has a delicate and deliberate pace. While all the characters could be assigned symbolic motivations, most just seem like annoying and self-indulgent jokes within director Harmony Korine's eccentric point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 30, 2008
Mister Lonely falls into the 'art house' category of film, and you can multiply that by 100.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
May 30, 2008
Korine has found an evocative subject, but he remains entirely too cavalier in this attitude towards narrative coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2008
In contrast to the grimy and occasionally grotesque Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), this drama has a more gentle, Felliniesque feel.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2008
The film doesn't work, and indeed seems to have no clear idea of what its job is, and yet (sigh) there is the temptation to forgive its trespasses simply because it is utterly, if pointlessly, original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 30, 2008
A movie that goes to extraordinary lengths to say ordinary things.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2008
Korine falls so thoroughly in love with many of his images, including his opening shot, that he stretches them out in hypnotic slow motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
May 27, 2008
Korine may have an original voice and eye but can't really think of anything interesting to do with them.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 23, 2008
Like Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth, the film has overarching problems yet contains diamonds of clarity and inspiration that you won't find in any dozen movies. You'll have to mine for those diamonds, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
May 22, 2008
Korine's most lavishly produced pic to date begins as a sweet-tempered tale of social misfits-turned-celebrity impersonators, but falls short of its ambition to say something meaningful about the obsessive nature of celebrity culture.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
A visually and conceptually mesmerizing and mystical movie.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 16, 2008
Sporadically poetic but largely a chore to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Travis Nichols
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 15, 2008
The film is a paean to the imagination, but what keeps Mister Lonely from being just a self-indulgent flight of fancy is that Harmony Korine shows that even in Neverland, the suffering is real.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2008
Harmony Korine's films thrive on uncertain ground. Exiting the theater, you're never more aware that ten people can sit next to each other but see ten different films.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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