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A Room and a Half Reviews

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A Room And A Half is a cinematic masterpiece that brings fresh ideas from a wise old head to the big screen.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

May 13, 2010
Derek Malcolm
This is London

[An] extraordinary kaleidoscope of a film...

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2010
Peter Bradshaw

Part of the film's message is that we are all exiles -- banished, Housman-like, from the country of our past.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

May 7, 2010
Jason Wood
Little White Lies

Room and a Half offers an inventive and intimate portrait both of a great artist and of the post-Second World War cultural world of the Soviet Union.

| Original Score: 4/4

May 6, 2010
David Parkinson
Radio Times

This is a beautifully produced, historically astute and hugely affecting movie.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2010
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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True, [its] hustle and bustle sometimes feels like too much to take in at once, yet its heavy payload of literary quotations, philosophical argument and classical music is also perhaps an act of faith in an intelligent audience.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The life of Joseph Brodsky, poet, memoirist, Nobel laureate, is reimagined in a two-hour intertwining of drama, animation and mock documentary.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2010
Chris Cabin

without Khrzhanovskiy's artful vitality, Brodsky's life, at the very least, would have looked a dreadful bore and A Room and a Half wouldn't be half as wise or entertaining as it is.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 28, 2010
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Khrzhanovsky's tone is too whimsical at times, and his points about repression too leaden, but that often happens when a cartoonist dabbles in live-action. Anyway, Khrzhanovsky's approach improves the material far more than it hinders.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

January 21, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A fanciful and melancholy portrait of exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.

January 20, 2010
Dan Fainaru
Screen International

A lively, dense and richly imaginative portrait not only of a great writer but also of the post-Second World War cultural world of the Soviet Union.

Full Review Source: Screen International

January 20, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A rich, heady fictionalized biography of the exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 20, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Director Andrey Khrzhanovsky is one of Russia's slyest animators -- as anarchic as Terry Gilliam was in his Python prime.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2010
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Ecstatically fanciful.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 19, 2010
Kent Turner

The antithesis of the stiff, plodding biopic, A Room and a Half is the most persuasive film about a writer and his formative world since Before Night Falls.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.75/5

January 15, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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An anecdotal jumble of scenes.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 23, 2010
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