Senki (Shadows) Reviews

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Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
March 13, 2009
Manchevski bathes Shadows in the highly-charged, melodramatic atmosphere and renders the trashier touches with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 30, 2009
Milcho Manchevski's Shadows is visually striking but gets bogged down in supernatural clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 30, 2009
A hauntingly frightening, clever and surprisingly poignant psychological horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 30, 2009
An unwieldy hybrid of historical allegory and supernatural mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
January 30, 2009
An exercise overly rooted in American genre filmmaking while never sufficiently mainstreaming the European context in a way that would break out to more commercial stateside distribution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 30, 2009
A soulful Macedonian movie about a physician whose quest for meaning enables him to take responsibility for a terrible family secret and to come to terms with his lust for life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Noel Murray
AV Club
January 29, 2009
A respectable enough little ghost story, but it loses a lot of sparkle by being similar to such other guy-talks-to-the-dead thrillers as The Sixth Sense and Ghost Town.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
January 29, 2009
Shifting between garish city and bucolic scenes, Shadows offers some arresting images but fails to make good on its intriguing early scenes, with frissons of uncanny menace sunk by a glib, awkwardly paced and increasingly cliché screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
January 29, 2009
Symbolic psychic horror tale is overlong and derivative.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
January 28, 2009
Ostensibly about putting souls to rest, Shadows at times seems more about making sure our hero (and director) gets his rocks off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Armond White
New York Press
January 28, 2009
Shadows presents the old superstition vs. rationality argument with sociological undercurrents and more than a few surrealistic touches.
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 28, 2009
[The] two very attractive leads, Mr. Nacev and Ms. Stanojevska, were picked out of a pool of aspirants in Macedonia and its neighboring countries. Actually, they are so arresting together that it is truly unearthly.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
January 27, 2009
The charm of Manchevski's film clearly lies in its ability to embrace its eccentricities and pull together a number of disparate ideas into what's generally a satisfying thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
January 27, 2009
If not for the hypnotic atmosphere, lush cinematography, and frequent, if random, softcore humping, we'd have seen these ghosts before.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 6, 2009
Though overlong, the picture by 'Before the Rains' director Milcho Manchevski, is graced with stunning photography, spooky imagery, and a moralist's hand.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Boxoffice Magazine
January 30, 2009
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