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Control Reviews

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

The film overcomes the central miscasting of Samantha Morton.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Dragan Antulov
Index.hr

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 Source: Index.hr | Original Score: 4/10

July 15, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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 Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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The film leaves you with the impression of an almost painfully innocent young singer, for whom alienation was, alas, far more than a pose.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

Control does justice to Curtis' legacy but fails to make any further grasps for significance.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

July 31, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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 Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

May 26, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

March 30, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

March 6, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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 Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: B-

February 22, 2008
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog

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.

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

February 4, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

More expressive than Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" about a tragic music figure, but incrementally so.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 16, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Part of the reason this film works so splendidly is that, given its ending, it doesn't have the luxury of pretend redemption.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

January 15, 2008
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Riley gives a great performance, and director Corbijn's direction is deceptively perceptive. One of the year's best.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 85/100

January 1, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2007
Derek Donovan
Kansas City Star

Control humanizes Curtis while acknowledging that he could be remote and even cruel in his selfishness and despair.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2007
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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 Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2007
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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[An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 7, 2007
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: B

December 6, 2007
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