4 (Chetyre) Reviews

Page 1 of 2
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 27, 2014
An unusual but incomprehensible, offensive and tedious sci-fi film that depicts Russia as a place of squalor and its citizens as depressed alcoholics.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
This film might have been less shambolic if Khrzhanovsky had decided whether he wanted to preclude or solicit his audience's involvement.
Top Critic
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
September 15, 2006
The result is a teasing, if trying, exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Noel Murray
AV Club
April 6, 2006
In spite of a handful of striking images, 4 never resolves into anything special.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 10, 2006
The picture finally bogs down in a seemingly endless spectacle of grossness and ghoulishness.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 5, 2013
Khrzhanovsky's film, written by acclaimed Russian novelist Vladimir Sorokin, looks great but has a shambolic, off-kilter feel that might not be entirely intentional, and is alternately tedious and shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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.
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
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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
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
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
December 20, 2006
a malcontent mindbender
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 13, 2006
A creepy, Lynchian dream-walk into the purgatory of human mass production
| Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
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.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 5, 2006
...suggestively arresting in strange ways that will attract cinephiles and fuel unanswerable discussion.
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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
Page 1 of 2