Lost Embrace Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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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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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 4, 2005
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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
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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
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Houston Chronicle
May 7, 2005
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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
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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
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2005
Burman's use of handheld camera and his editing convey the messiness of life in the mall's large extended family, but he never allows the hurly-burly of the setting to overwhelm Ariel's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 3, 2005
One of those foreign pictures that steeps us in a milieu so dense, yet so convincing, that we wind up believing and being beguiled by all its people and places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 3, 2005
It's a film of unexpected, almost indescribable off-center charm that deepens as it goes on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 3, 2005
A precociously wise meditation on the crazy quilt of modern identity in general, and Jewish identity in particular.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 28, 2005
Some will find it charming, others, exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 28, 2005
An intimate, affectionate portrait of one tiny pocket of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 28, 2005
The tedious film might have been worth watching if Burman had given reasons to care about Ariel or anyone else. He doesn't and we don't.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 27, 2005
A small movie about a small world, but its modesty is part of what makes it durable and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 27, 2005
Tilts toward preciousness but is rescued from its sentimental impulses by Hendler, whose captivating deadpan belies Ariel's abiding affection for the very people he can't wait to escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 26, 2005
Captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 25, 2005
It's 20 minutes too long -- forgivable in view of Burman's affection for his material.
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January 3, 2005
A general lack of drama, a low-budget docu feel and an ultraslim storyline are more than compensated for by a sterling script and perfs.