Japon Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 2, 2006
obese in length and overflowing in pretension like so many prototypical art films
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 19, 2006
Nothing shy of enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 7, 2003
If you're in synch with its heartbeat, and with Reygadas' tendency to pursue visual detours that intensify the film's sensual impact, this is a remarkable first effort that is equal parts disturbing, bold, mysterious and primal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 5, 2003
Its pretensions have the ring of, if not exactly a vanity project, a strictly personal obsession.
| Original Score: 2/4
Moira Sullivan
FilmFestivals.com
August 1, 2003
The sacrificed female body is used to resurrect a condemned soul and with her ascension comes the spiritual renewal of (The) Man.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 28, 2003
An obscure and haunting and unpredictable parable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 29, 2003
All these references, though, form a jambalaya that doesn't go down so easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 18, 2003
The one thing that is clear from Japón is that a major new visual stylist has hit the screen and that Reygadas' first film represents the beginning of an auspicious career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 9, 2003
Unfolding at an elliptical pace that feels like a revelation, or tedium, or both, Japon recalls the glory days of 1970s art-house filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2003
Unlike a lot of young filmmakers, the 31-year-old Reygadas takes his ideas about the world and our place in it as seriously as his filmmaking ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
Reygadas grapples with the most elemental of issues ... and the result is sly, touching and more than a little loony.
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
April 17, 2003
It is the work of a remarkable new talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 23, 2003
Reygadas has an impressive eye for otherworldly landscapes and an impressive ear, too.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 20, 2003
It's not a movie to see if you're in a hurry, but its deliberate pace and thoughtful mood are refreshing antidotes to the hyperactive speed of most Hollywood pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 19, 2003
Strange and beautifully expressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 19, 2003
Reygadas has talent to match his ambitions; or, rather, gifts that undercut them sufficiently to give his film a prickly, haunting poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 19, 2003
This debut feature of Carlos Reygadas is a startling achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 18, 2003
A notably confident and achieved debut, amazingly shot in 16mm Cinemascope.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
March 7, 2003
Should do for Mexican existentialism what Love Liza and Leaving Las Vegas did for good old American gluttony.
| Original Score: 5/10
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
February 11, 2003
Reygadas has fashioned a slow-burning meditation on life and death, faith and rebirth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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