Kárhozat, (Damnation) Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 4, 2014
A more awesomely bleak portrait of town life is hard to conceive.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 4, 2012
Beginning with a long, slow tracking shot of a coal transport gondola being viewed by a man from his window, we immediately note a director in complete control. The scene is meticulously composed...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
May 13, 2009
nobody subjects humanity to doom-laden fatalism quite like Tarr, and Damnation is unmissable for fans of the auteur's oeuvre, or of mud-spattered miserabilism in general.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 5, 2007
It's a serotonin-depleted ordeal, and yet seemingly a sketchbook of vibes and ideas to come, with some of the most magnificent black-and-white images shot anywhere in the world.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 16, 2006
Gloom was never photographed so smartly.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
April 21, 2006
In terms of creating a strong cinematic world, Tarr has few equals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
If its grey aura of despair sometimes hangs a mite heavily, it's certainly worth persevering with for a pay-off that is as perverse as it is powerful.
Jason Wood
BBC.com
July 31, 2003
Intellectually provocative and ultimately profoundly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 31, 2003
Not cheery, perhaps, but a gorgeously shot and beautifully composed piece that is not as depressing as it might appear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 31, 2003
Tarr's uncompromisingly tragic view of the human condition is well supported by a rigorous formal approach, resulting in an austere work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2003
The near miracle is that something so compulsively watchable can be made out of a setting and society that seem so depressive and petrified.

Film4
July 31, 2003
A ponderous film which for all its moments of beauty and exceptional ugliness is still a trial to watch.
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