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Boarding Gate Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 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
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
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
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
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Boarding Gate plays with various genre codes and conventions very differently than most run-of-the-mill modern thrillers.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

March 20, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Boarding Gate's surfaces are often so staggeringly beautiful that its superficiality becomes forgivable, with the pleasant distractions of Assayas' multi-layered frames, Argento's sinewy allure, and snippets of Brian Eno ambience on the soundtrack.

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

March 20, 2008
Jan Stuart
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The picture grows on you, as does its laconic leading lady, whose slurry delivery conceals an ever-alert mouse handily equipped to beat the cat at his own game.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 20, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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There's something sad about the maker of Irma Vep being transfixed by such emptily stylish nonsense.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

March 20, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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This one is just murk.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

March 19, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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If this is the effect Mr. Assayas wanted to achieve, he has succeeded admirably.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 19, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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There's basically only one reason to see Olivier Assayas's self-consciously hypermodern, meta-sleazy, English-French-Chinese-language globo-thriller Boarding Gate, and her name is Asia Argento.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 18, 2008
David Denby
New Yorker
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[Director Assayas] may have something serious to say about the brutal impersonality of global capitalism, yet he's caught somewhere between insight and exploitation.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 17, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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[Director] Assayas is out of his element here, and the encounters have no snap: It's like one of those two-character plays in which the frequent pauses are filled with the audience's coughing spasms.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 17, 2008
Russell Edwards
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Thrills and drama are left standing on the tarmac in Boarding Gate, a limp, sleazy inanity.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 25, 2007
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Chock full of elements that never spark beyond one-sheet dimension.

May 19, 2007
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