• Reprise
    2 minutes 52 seconds
    Added: Dec 15, 2008


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Reprise Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

Stylistically bold, impressive feature debut about creative youth

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

July 11, 2011
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Reprise alternately shows punk energy, library hush and comic anxiety. And despite ominous portents, the ending is cockeyed optimistic.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Trier is having more fun in the editing room than his story requires and he'd be well advised to spend more time in the deeper development and dramatic elements of his characters.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 30, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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This story about two aspiring writers in their early 20s has the fearlessness and vivacity of a first novel, and its playful approach to chronology and voice-over narration serves to amplify its themes instead of coming off as a show-off trick.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2008
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

This is that rare film where a daring style is connected to real substance, and that's an exciting thing to experience in a first-time director.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 28, 2008
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Although there's no romantic triangle as in Francois Truffaut's classic 1961 film Jules and Jim, it seems obvious that film was an influence here.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Reprise is an ordinary tale of post-adolescent angst that would benefit from a cleaner plot line, clearer characterizations and more intriguing situations.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

July 28, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

I realized the movie had lost me when it occurred to me that after spending many minutes with Phillip and Erik, I had no interest in reading any novel that either of them might have written.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

July 25, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... film full of wry comments and textural gestures - Trier mixes film stock and references to MTV-style jump cuts and the French New Wave (Truffaut's Jules and Jim is an obvious point of reference) to the extent that the pyrotechnics threaten to b

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 86/100

July 25, 2008
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine

Its fresh opening combined with the satisfying resolution in the final 20 minutes help to compensate for a fizzling mid-section.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

July 12, 2008
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

As auspicious -- and breathless -- a debut as Reservoir Dogs was for Tarantino.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 3, 2008
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

Like Jules and Jim or Band of Outsiders blended with A Hard Day's Night.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: a-

June 27, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Reprise is not just about engaging with or surviving through the creative instinct. It is that instinct.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2008
Marc Mohan

Reprise is about negotiating the path from reckless youth to ambitious adulthood as much as it's about the craft of fiction.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

June 20, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[Trier] sometimes lapses into the literary clichés he aims to ridicule.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's not exactly breaking new ground, but the material has a real ring of truth to it. However, it should be said that this Norwegian import is also a bit sullen, which means it will be an acquired taste for some audiences.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2008
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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If you are young, male and dream of making a name for yourself in the arts, Reprise is about the joys and sufferings of that quest: It is a Jules and Jim for the punk-rock generation.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2008
David N. Butterworth

The highs and lows of getting one's first book published are intricately and delightfully examined in Norwegian director Joachim Trier's mature feature debut.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2008
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

There's less than meets the eye to Joachim Trier's Reprise, but the loose, limber visual style gives the picture a certain panache.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

June 9, 2008
Beth Accomando

Joachim Trier's brash cinematic sampling draws on diverse sources yet it spins something defiantly fresh and original.

Full Review Source: KPBS.org | Original Score: 10/10

June 8, 2008
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