Lost Embrace Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Film4
June 15, 2007
Affectionate, funny and ultimately moving, Burman's fourth feature embraces humanity in the Argentinean marketplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
Does what it sets out to do--celebrate the good nature of those people who, despite life's difficulties, remain true to their loved ones, their friends, and themselves.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 21, 2005
The film's moments of whimsy and its wry comic insights into one man's Prufrockian drifting and yearning through life add up to a charming oddity.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
September 12, 2005
film that gives ultimate impression of missed opportunity
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
August 12, 2005
As visually captivating as it is emotionally engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Gilmour
Globe and Mail
August 12, 2005
The film's sophistication -- and it is an immensely sophisticated film -- lies in its refusal to tuck in too tightly its shirttails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
June 3, 2005
Plays out in a low-key but charming fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 3, 2005
This is an amusing movie with a warm fuzzy ending that makes you feel like you just been hugged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 1, 2005
A small film whose structural weaknesses are largely redeemed by its big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
May 13, 2005
Burman explored this world before in 2000's Waiting for the Messiah, but in Lost Embrace, his maturity results in a much tighter and engaging film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 12, 2005
Hendler's center-stage performance can be considered refreshingly natural or annoyingly brooding, depending on your tolerance for cynical self-analysis played for comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 5, 2005
A quirky comedy from Argentina along the lines of TV's Arrested Development.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 21, 2005
May be the least exciting movie ever set in a lingerie shop.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 15, 2005
Burman succeeds in involving us with the kind of characters who don't normally find their way to the big screen.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 15, 2005
A beautifully crafted film. Full of intriguing tracking shots, broken into vignettes introduced with lyrical titles, it has a willfully patient pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 12, 2005
An interminable slog through congested headspace.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 1, 2005
Some movies you like. Some you don't. Others just make you shrug your shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 1, 2005
The wit with which Burman casts an almost Shakespearean longing for purpose and direction against the tiny confines of a seedy mall is adroit and inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 1, 2005
Were it a book, it would go somewhere on the shelf with Jonathan Safran Foer and early Philip Roth. It also possesses traces of early Jean-Luc Godard and his wit with characters, as well as some of Wes Anderson's random silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 31, 2005
... a film of minor pleasures. Burman recognizes the emotional bruises friends and family cause and he doesn't judge when his characters are unable to forgive...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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