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Holy Motors Reviews

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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It is never dull.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

January 24, 2013
Chase Whale
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Holy Motors is some kind of wonderful.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

December 21, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audiences who care about character and plot are liable to take the exit to a movie that makes sense.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

November 29, 2012
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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All this random action, Carax suggests, is for some vast, abstract audience anxious to lose itself in imagined narratives.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 22, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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This is the kind of it-can-mean-whatever-you-want-it-to-mean art film that I usually run from, but Carax is such a prodigiously gifted mesmerist that, if you give way, you're likely to be enfolded in the film's phantasmagoria.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

November 21, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Holy Motors is wild and unfettered and playful - the work of an artist who carries his love of cinema in his bones, and knows how to share that affection with the audience.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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This is the most exhilarating cinema ride of 2012, a marvellously mobile mystery trip.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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In "Holy Motors" Carax insists on our other selves. His daylong ride is a wary celebration, a joyful dirge that's served up in concentrated form by a roving band of accordion players. It's all in a day's work.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 15, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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As cryptic and unpredictable as that premise might suggest.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 8, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Lavant is splendid in the film, and he's essentially the entire film - and yet, "Holy Motors" is somewhat more than a contraption built for a fearless performer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here is a film that is exasperating, frustrating, anarchic and in a constant state of renewal. It's not tame.

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

November 8, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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I don't know what Lavant is playing here because I've never seen anything like it.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Leos Carax's surreal ode to ... identity? Movies? Performance? Identity and performance in movies, or movies and performance in identity, or some other combination that will come to mind upon further viewings?

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] crazy-beautiful reverie about movies, love, the love of movies, and the inevitability of human melancholy by the perpetually mysterious French filmmaker Léos Carax.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

October 24, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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Carax produces the startling dislocations of reality that Buñuel pulled off, but without the gleeful wit.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 22, 2012
Dana Stevens
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If nothing else, you'll come out of it feeling perceptually refreshed, as if you'd just had a ride on an aesthetic and philosophical log flume.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 21, 2012
Richard and Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
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It's an exhilarating trip of movie madness and sadness.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 19, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The sort of enigmatic movie that many critics embrace because it's open to endless interpretation ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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It's the coolest and strangest movie of the year, and once it gets its druglike hooks in your brain, you'll never get them out again.

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October 18, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2012
Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
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Each episode of director Leos Carax's film perfectly masters the exact tone of a different genre, finding precisely the saddest moment in each of its vignettes.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 5/5

October 18, 2012
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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[A] visionary, jaw-dropping spectacle.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

October 17, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Just when you're ready to throw up your hands and walk out, there's a scene of Lavant gliding around Paris like some silent-movie character out of "Judex" or "Fantomas"...

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A dream of the movies that looks like a movie of dreams.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 16, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
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It could almost be a film made in a time before language, a rendering of modern life - or modern lives - as a kind of cinematic cave painting. With songs. And a white stretch limo. And Kylie Minogue.

Full Review Source: NPR

October 16, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Unclassifiable, expansive, and breathtaking ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 16, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Holy Motors is aggressively "wild," a puzzle that tweaks the mind but doesn't nourish.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

October 16, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Typically confounding but on every level that matters a work of unfettered-and liberating-imagination.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 15, 2012
William Goss
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In terms of pure cinematic sensation, Holy Motors stands as one of the most delightfully enigmatic movies that I've seen in quite some time.

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October 2, 2012
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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Experimental, funny, deliriously original and occasionally maddening.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

May 30, 2012
Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
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A deliciously preposterous piece of filmmaking that appraises life and death and everything in between, reflected in a funhouse mirror.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 24, 2012
Rob Nelson
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Only dream logic -- give or take pure cinema -- can begin to explain the wacky beauty of what goes on here.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 23, 2012
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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It's hard to say what forces are propelling this ecstatic, idiotic, fizzy, frightening provocation, but we're moved by them too.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

May 23, 2012
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