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Control Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Curtis' story is scant and unremarkable, filled with every rock 'n roll cliché save for drug addiction, but Corbijn treats it as though it's some sort of epic.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

November 8, 2007
LD Beghtol
Village Voice
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Control is like a wake where the guests forgot to bring the booze and, for the most part, have nothing very nice or even particularly interesting to say about the deceased.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 9, 2007
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
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
Chris Cabin

Commits the crime of turning Curtis into just another music legend.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 9, 2007
Dragan Antulov

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: | Original Score: 4/10

July 15, 2009
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Director Anton Corbijn seems determined not to let the music get in the way of the human story, and his fervor goes too far.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 26, 2007
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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It features lots of music from that time, and it has decent performances, but it fails to make the case for its fallen star.

May 17, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Far from the fierce social consciousness of Mike Leigh, Control's images, if not its equally arresting performances, suggest a kitchen sink scrubbed clean.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2007
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
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

January 18, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Curiously flat and unrevealing.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 27, 2007
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Credit the filmmakers for not mythologizing Curtis. However, he just might be a bigger enigma after watching Control.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 19, 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
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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2009
Christopher Campbell

At least Control does right by the doting wife, typically given the shaft in these movies as simply victim and toss-away, here played as heartbreakingly courageous by two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (third times the charm?).

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The extraordinary achievement of Control is that it works simultaneously as a musical biopic and the story of a life.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 26, 2007
James Berardinelli
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Story-wise, this picture doesn't break new ground; this is a tale that one can find littered throughout the pages of history both recent and long ago, but the way Corbijn has presented it gives it a freshness and fervor that makes it worth sampling.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2007
Pete Hammond

It simply rocks. In every way, an exceptional film. This is one of those rare gems you must not miss.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 12, 2007
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