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Consuming Spirits (2012)

Consuming Spirits

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

83%
Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 217

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Movie Info

Christopher Sullivan's animated dystopia is about as far from a cartoon-for-kids as they come. Relationships among the three main characters - Earl Gray, Gentian Violet, and Victor Blue - multiply and divide as their stories becomes increasingly complex, hilarious, and scary. The Huffington Post writes of the film's "insanely meticulous construction" and continues: "The animation took 15 years of work... The characters were hand-drawn onto layers of glass which were then moved with needles and … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Animation , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Chris Sullivan
In Theaters:
Runtime:

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Critic Reviews for Consuming Spirits

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2)

Something more coherent, masterful - and oddly poignant - than it may initially seem.

Full Review… | April 11, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Consuming Spirits" puts a hook in you and doesn't let you off. A hook the size of a crowbar.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

An ambitious animated epic that runs well over two hours and sometimes feels more like a feat than a film. Nevertheless, it's a kind of milestone in its genre.

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It is the story of people in a small ordinary town, knowing nothing but their ordinary affairs, revealing their sins and crimes with an ordinary negligence.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Sullivan pulls the narrative noose tight at long last, and wraps up "Consuming Spirits'' as neatly as a Victorian novel - albeit one written by someone with an alarming affinity for the grotesque.

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

In its final half-hour, it pulls all the threads together, and a breathtaking bigger picture finally comes into focus.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Frame by frame, sketch by sketch, Sullivan has created a rich and layered world in "Consuming Spirits," one that won't easily let you go.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Akin to the Disney version of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Consuming Spirits has moonshine on its rotten breath, but its images are never less than intoxicating.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013

Even if one grows impatient with the film's dovetailing tales of small-town desperation, it's hard to tire of its visual execution.

Full Review… | January 25, 2013
Time Out Chicago

The most creative film of the year: a striking, one-of-a-kind, hilarious dystopian epic of animated weirdness.

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
Film Journal International

Fifteen years in the making, Chris Sullivan's Consuming Spiritsis the work of his lifetime -- or any lifetime, for that matter.

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
Paste Magazine

Not only a monstrous visual achievement, but one of the most uniquely humanistic animated features of all time.

Full Review… | December 10, 2012
Slant Magazine

Issues of plot aside, though, the thing that any viewer is likely to notice first is the striking, nearly unpremeditated style of the film.

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

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