21 Grams Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2010

Thought-provoking film not for tweens/young teens.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

A highly emotional, thought provoking drama that easily lives up to the hype, 21 Grams is a film that has all of its bases covered: script, acting and direction.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2009

"21 Grams" commands a running discourse that runs as a constant thematic thread through all of humanity. The movie delivers life as a floating mysterious entity that we all share. It's very few films that achieve anything remotely close.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jean-François Vandeuren
Panorama
February 5, 2008

Une oeuvre d'une rare intensité dramatique qui n'a aucunement besoin de suivre un cheminement narratif classique pour susciter une vive réaction chez le spectateur

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007

The structure simply doesn't let any of the characters build an arc of growth or despair.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007

The story never grabbed me, and the jumps in narrative time seemed arbitrary, soon becoming a distressing obstacle rather than a narrative lynchpin. Not as good as it wants to be.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005

The performances, by and large, outweigh the film's unnecessary metaphorical gunk.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Louis-Jérôme Cloutier
Panorama
December 16, 2004

Quel est le poids de l'amour, de la vengeance et de la culpabilité? À vous de le découvrir.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004

... a hurricane of melodrama and implausibly accelerating crises that seem orchestrated merely to turn up the intensity. ... At 125 minutes, [it] feels more like 240.

| Original Score: C
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004

21 Grams thrashes wildly...exhorting us to feel something. Apart from the fleeting satisfaction of its structural parlor game, I felt little...save exhausted boredom.

| Original Score: 1/5
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004

Absorbs you and dissects its tale of life, death, and re-birth with inventive force.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
July 20, 2004

21 Grams achieves its objectives and, despite its flaws, is thoroughly entertaining.

Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
March 31, 2004

21 Grams...is intelligent, well-written, and told with a unique style, and it features some of the best acting presently available.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
March 16, 2004

its boldly atomised narrative, its labyrinthine circularity and its no-nonsense performances make 21 Grams... well worth the weight.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
March 16, 2004

A bleak, rather obvious melodrama disguised by a tricksy, time-splicing structure.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 11, 2004

[O]ne of those rare pure examples of the highest form of collaborative art ... It is as sweet and hurtful as life itself.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2004

Could stand to lose at least 21 minutes-the film implodes under the somber weight of its own pretentiousness

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 15, 2004

Uno sabe que está ante un gran director cuando para conmovernos no hace falta más que un excelente grupo de actores, una cámara y una buena historia.

Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
February 3, 2004

A non-linear, emotionally escalating collage of three lives on a tragic collision course, the film is blessed with innovative storytelling and raw, stellar performances.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 23, 2004

The movie becomes a mosaic of moments... the cinematic equal of Rubik's Cube

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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