Japon Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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
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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.
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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.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
November 13, 2002
This excellent debut by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas exhibits a maturity rarely seen in a first film.