Control Reviews

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 5, 2010
The film overcomes the central miscasting of Samantha Morton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
The way Ian Curtis blocked his onstage movement mirrored isolationism in his home life. He clasped the microphone stand like a drowning man would a life preserver, but he couldn't stay afloat in dreary waters of his own creation. A seamless rock biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dragan Antulov
Index.hr
July 15, 2009
Film %u0107e stoga biti shvatljiv samo onim gledateljima koji detalje povijesti "Joy Divisiona" i Curtisovog %u017Eivota imaju u malom prstu, a to su, dakako, najokorjeliji fanovi.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Control never gets any closer to the mystery than when the music plays. Too bad it cuts the songs short, returning to the banalities they were meant to shatter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
The film leaves you with the impression of an almost painfully innocent young singer, for whom alienation was, alas, far more than a pose.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 31, 2008
Control does justice to Curtis' legacy but fails to make any further grasps for significance.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 26, 2008
Um filme repleto de planos magnificamente compostos e que se tornam ainda mais impactantes graças à impecável fotografia em preto-e-branco de Martin Ruhe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
March 30, 2008
Positioning art as a necessary surrender to a creative force which removes the self dangerously from existence and society, Control intimately connects in tragic yet euphoric ways to the mixed blessing of the radically unleashed musical imagination.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 6, 2008
Some of Riley's musical performances are electrifying. This would not be a bad movie at all, except for the infuriatingly romantic portrayal of suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
Ian's trapped between insurrection and guilt, and so is Corbijn's film which mires itself in the artist's bourgeoisie dramas without figuring out how they influenced his music.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
February 4, 2008
Smashes the music biopic mold by portraying the star at its center not as a mythological creature, but as a real-life, messed-up kid in over his head.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 19, 2008
More expressive than Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" about a tragic music figure, but incrementally so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 16, 2008
Tells me more than I care to know about the ill-fated singer with a personality like talcum powder and songs fit to make the depressed even more depressed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Part of the reason this film works so splendidly is that, given its ending, it doesn't have the luxury of pretend redemption.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2008
Riley gives a great performance, and director Corbijn's direction is deceptively perceptive. One of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 21, 2007
The monochromatic palette suggests the kitchen-sink heyday of 1960s British cinema; fittingly, 'Control' is at its best when it concentrates on the quotidian.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Derek Donovan
Kansas City Star
December 14, 2007
Control humanizes Curtis while acknowledging that he could be remote and even cruel in his selfishness and despair.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
December 7, 2007
Joy Division fans have already embraced Control, a film biography of short-lived lead singer Ian Curtis. Those of us who didn't follow the 1970s English band or the post-punk scene around it may feel less invested.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 7, 2007
[An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
December 6, 2007
A wobbly construction of facts, but as musical bio-pics go, it has real cinematic personality and avoids most of the painful clichés that tend to shadow these productions...you can sense Deborah's script-approval fingerprints all over the material.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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