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Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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There's great music, an excellent dog, and that indescribable Kaurismäki tension between misery and a cosmic joke.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

June 13, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a handsome production, and a pleasure to watch.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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If you're new to Kaurismaki, the film will make you a fan. If you've seen everything else he's ever done, the comedy will confirm your commitment.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A mood of cosmic desolation seeps like late autumn sunlight filtered through clouds in Aki Kaurismaki's Lights in the Dusk.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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Kaurismäki has given us no special reason to revisit his coy, claustrophobic universe.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 13, 2007
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Strangely moving--a meditation on loneliness and ennui in a heartless, modern, industrial society.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 13, 2007
Anton Bitel
Film4

Kaurismäki's underdog tragicomedy is an elegant piece of modern urban noir.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2007
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

dumbfounding the audience once again, mixing the metaphysical with the meanderingly amusing.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2007
Jurgen Fauth
About.com

Kaurismaki once again hints at oceans of emotion underneath the minimalist surface.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 3, 2007
Jonathan Trout
BBC.com

It all sounds brutally miserable, but a spry comic flicker, and Koistinen's dim but undying hope keep things surprisingly light, while brilliantly efficient storytelling gives the human tale almost all of the short 77 minutes to unfurl.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 10, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

If you're a fan of Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's deadpan comedy world, then his latest piece of controlled, semi-stylised whimsy will be right up your alley.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2007
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Ignore accusations that this is sluggish and inconsequential. This is textbook Kaurismäki, from its drolly laconic style to its delicious cinematic nostalgia.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 6, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Lights in the Dusk suggests what it might be like to stare at Bill Murray in a coma for 75 minutes.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

February 6, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Kaurismäki's delightfully delicate cautionary fable charts his unassuming hero's descent into an unforeseen nightmare of deceit and violence with a characteristically low-key blend of humane compassion and deadpan mordant humour.

Full Review Source: Time Out

October 30, 2006
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY

A noir on Ativan, Lights in the Dusk displays another of Kaurismäki's best traits: his deep sympathy for the world's most helpless (and hapless) souls.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 4/5

September 23, 2006

Globe and Mail
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A rare misstep for director Kaurismaki.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 23, 2006
Martha Fischer
Cinematical

You want to press pause, and just sit and take it in: The colors, the humor, the light, the surfaces; the simple pleasure of watching a master at work.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

September 23, 2006
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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An amiable but very undercooked noirish fable about a security guard done wrong by a femme fatale.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 23, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Kaurismaki's Finnish minimalism fails to enliven this down- and off-beat tale.

May 22, 2006
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

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