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Boarding Gate Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Distills genre tropes (and their consequent pleasures) to their lean, potent essence.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

November 30, 2008
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

When all the nonsense of Boarding Gate ends, only Asia remains in memory. She can light up the best and the worst of 'em.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 10, 2008
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

As for Argento ... yeah, she's got something. Now we'd like to see her in a movie that makes sense.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 24, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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What it all means is up for grabs, but for connoisseurs of sadomasochistic nastiness, it's a must-see.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 17, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The main thing interesting about Boarding Gate is the spectacle of Assayas' effort -- the attitude and the international backdrop -- not the story itself.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 11, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

In the "B" movie days, a story like this would shoot by in about 70 minutes without time to pick holes in the motives. But Assayas takes a bloated, boring 106 minutes.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2008
Marc Mohan

Could have been an exciting and inventive film, if only it weren't so bland and familiar.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: c+

April 4, 2008
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Like just about everything in Boarding Gate, the finale suggests that its creators have been watching too many other movies with similar premises and payoffs.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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The plot may be murky, but actress Asia Argento is a clear and commanding force throughout.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 28, 2008
Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News

[Assayas] has concocted a plot that is dizzying and annoying at times, and it's hard to care about the characters in the shifting story. But B-movie veteran Argento's portrayal of Sandra is like watching a car careening down an incline.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Writer-director Olivier Assayas must have been working out some personal demons to make something as embarrassing as Boarding Gate, the most trite and trivial piece of sleaze since Abel Ferrara's Snake Eyes.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

March 27, 2008
Staci Layne Wilson

Boring gate.

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March 23, 2008
Diva Velez

There are long, droning bouts of dialog about nothing meant to link scenes together, but all Boarding Gate really does is fixate on watching Asia Argento do stuff.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 22, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
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This hypnotic, angular thriller about sex, murder, betrayal and money takes you on a feverish journey from nowhere to somewhere.

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March 21, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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A ridiculous poseur thriller that seems to be made up of the slow moments from Hong Kong action films and Euro-flashy stuff like Run Lola Run.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

March 21, 2008
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

The latest entry in this perplexing preoccupation with lowlifes is Boarding Gate, an astonishingly un-thrilling thriller.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Seriously flawed and not for every taste, the film was shot quickly and on the cheap, and is driven by Argento's slurred, scratchy voice and Bette David eyes.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Even an ultra-feral performance by Asia Argento -- the art house Angelina Jolie -- isn't enough to suffer through Boarding Gate, a draggy and incoherent thriller by French director Oliver Assayas.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

March 21, 2008
Chris Cabin

absolutely silly

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2008
Geoff Berkshire

We don't want to see Asia Argento talking about her history of drugs and wild sex, we want to see her doing it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2008
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