4 (Chetyre) Reviews

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 5, 2013
It's another blast of vibrant, vicious, gloomy electricity from the always-surprising Russian film scene, and the beginning of an important career.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 5, 2013
This 2004 debut feature by Russian director Ilya Khrzanovsky is puzzling, intriguing, and often compelling, apparently set in the present but magical and futuristic in tone.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 5, 2013
The sheer surfeit of ideas in 4's first half hour alone could fuel a dozen warped movies; presented in this kind of rush, they leave you agape.
Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago
November 5, 2013
Khrzhanovsky and screenwriter Vladimir Sorokin have both the grim ideas and the little sideways winks in perfect equilibrium in the brilliant first half hour of this strange film. The rest of the film is certainly memorable, if increasingly impenetrable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2012
Even if its reasoning remains illogical, it amounts to a demonstration of unbridled audacity.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The performances are so good and the images so darkly expressive that Khrzhanovsky's experiment with cinematic deconstructionism nearly works.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A film to experience rather than understand, this bleak blend of Dostoevsky and Peter Greenaway will fascinate those prepared to surrender to its macabre absurdism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
December 20, 2006
a malcontent mindbender
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2006
If your art film tastes lean toward orderliness and tidy metaphors, you could spend the two hours of Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky's fearless and mesmerizing debut feature.
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Time Out
September 30, 2006
Decidedly not for everyone, 4 is an incomparably unhinged act of disinterment, but it's also a fiercely willed feat of rebirth, raw and bloody and screamingly alive.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
August 4, 2006
This seriously weird pic has a few flat stretches, but its bawdy comedy, bravura sound design and uncanny atmosphere will turn on auds with a taste for deeply oddball fare and baffle others.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 4, 2006
There's much in the movie that won't translate to audiences this side of the Volga, but there's also a humor and a fierce filmmaking intelligence that demand attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 13, 2006
A creepy, Lynchian dream-walk into the purgatory of human mass production
| Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
4 could be a gross-out phantasmagoria to test your cinematic stamina, or it could be a political commentary, though Khrjanovsky insists not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 7, 2006
It's not always clear exactly what's happening in this dark tale, full of barking dogs and slabs of meat. But you won't be able to take your eyes from the screen; nor will you quickly forget this fiercely original eye-popper.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 6, 2006
The terminally bleak meets the hypnotically beautiful in the Russian cryptogram 4, directed by the newcomer Ilya Khrzhanovsky.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 5, 2006
...suggestively arresting in strange ways that will attract cinephiles and fuel unanswerable discussion.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2006
Exhilarating, infuriating, mesmerizing, baffling, and out-and-out crazy, 4 certainly doesn't lack for ambition and outrageousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 4, 2006
Although Khrzhanovsky has several tricks up his sleeve, 4's most provocative quality is its ironic surplus of beauty.
Jamie Woolley
BBC.com
October 22, 2005
Haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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