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L'Avventura Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
If it once seemed the ultimate in arty, intellectually chic movie-making, the film now looks all too studied and remote a portrait of emotional sterility.
May 23, 2016
L'Avventura eschews conventional narrative drive or sophomoric emotional satisfaction in favour of gorgeous compositions, inimitable style and an acerbic sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Zachary Wigon
L.A. Weekly
July 12, 2013
Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
L'Avventura becomes a place in our imagination -- a melancholy moral desert.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2013
It's easy to bash Antonioni as passe. It's harder, I think, to explain the cinematic power of the way his camera watches, and waits, while the people on screen stave off a dreadful loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
July 22, 2013
Always fusing neo-realism with science-fiction, Antonioni's world is one of superficies and emotions hardening into titanium
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 10, 2008
a bleak, even blank, portrait of humanity failing to find again the values it has so carelessly allowed itself to lose.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 29, 2015
This is a world without design, where characters can no longer single-mindedly pursue goals and resolve problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
If you've ever hoped for the fusion between classic visual art and film, the last scene of L'Avventura is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever get the pleasure to lay on your eyes.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 30, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 2, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "L'avventura" is a haunting film that presages Fellini's post-modern cinema, and informs the French New Wave that gave way to such iconic auteurs as Jean Luc Goddard.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2007
It's a work that requires some patience -- a 145-minute mystery that strategically elides any conventional denouement -- but more than amply repays the effort.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 11, 2005
To date, this is the best Italian film I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
November 22, 2014
There are certain things audiences have come to expect from the plots of motion pictures, and even in 2014, L'avventura feels angry and fresh because it upends those expectations gleefully. Being anti-plot doesn't necessarily mean that its plotless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
April 20, 2004
A beguiling mystery that not only refuses any answers, but makes you guess repeatedly at what the question really is.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
June 13, 2001
L'Avventura has still held up remarkably well, perhaps because the creepiness of existence remains topical in these apathetic times.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
May 24, 2002
Perhaps the quintessential cinematic expression of ennui.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 14, 2007
It's a slow paced personal film that welcomes tedium as readily as mainstream films welcome action.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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