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Control Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
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

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: | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2009

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2008
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 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

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
Karina Longworth

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
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
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

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 can sense Deborah's script-approval fingerprints all over the material.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

December 6, 2007
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Sam Riley is fascinating as Curtis, a hypersensitive young man hobbled by his incurable disease, and Samantha Morton is poignant as his put-upon wife.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 3, 2007
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

Even if you have no interest in Joy Division, this picture is worth seeing for the unsentimental empathy and passion of the moviemaking.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: A-

November 22, 2007
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Control is easily one of the finest films ever made about the collision of music, madness, and the human heart.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 17, 2007
Eric D. Snider

Where many biopic actors simply dress like the subject and re-enact his or her life, Riley truly conveys Ian's heart and soul.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

November 14, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
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