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Consuming Spirits Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 4/4

April 22, 2013
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Something more coherent, masterful - and oddly poignant - than it may initially seem.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 11, 2013
Eric Henderson
WCCO.com

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 Source: WCCO.com

February 8, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Consuming Spirits" puts a hook in you and doesn't let you off. A hook the size of a crowbar.

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

February 7, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 31, 2013
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

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 Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2013
Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 14, 2012
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 9.2/10

December 14, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2012
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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In its final half-hour, it pulls all the threads together, and a breathtaking bigger picture finally comes into focus.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

December 13, 2012
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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This labor of love from do-it-all animator Chris Sullivan has the same rough-edged, cantankerous charms as the characters that populate it.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 12, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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The regret-tinged film displays a distinctive voice and will be embraced by devotees of offbeat animation.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 12, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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At a time when animation is expected to be computer-generated, three-dimensional and relentlessly upbeat, Mr. Sullivan's film is flat, handmade and melancholy, a dark and painful fantasy for grown-ups.

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

December 11, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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The effect is that of disjointed, haunted reverie, of alternate realities colliding, soundtracked by mumbled asides and an uneasy murmur of background noise.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 9/10

December 11, 2012
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

December 10, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

October 17, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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The interweaving stories of commercialized religion, rancid Americana and alcoholic wretches start wearing thin around the movie's midpoint; by the end, the whole morose endeavor risks becoming downright threadbare.

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

December 11, 2012
Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
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Consuming Spirits is overlong. A dystopian T.S. Eliot once said, "Humankind cannot bear too much reality," maybe even in a cartoon.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 11, 2012
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