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Memphis (2014)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5

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In MEMPHIS, a strange singer with 'god given talent' drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive

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Tim Sutton

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7)

Even those who find it a bore will agree it's a pleasure to look at, and not only because Beal cleans up nicely as a suit-wearing slacker in a snappy chapeaux.

September 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The film feels like a sketch rather than a portrait, beautifully rendered but incomplete in the details.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film is less than 80 minutes and if you cut the shots that go on too long it would be less than an hour.

September 10, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Tim Sutton's second feature, starring the young contemporary musician Willis Earl Beal as a musician with the same name, captures the mood of the blues with pitch-perfect sensuality.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Every image in "Memphis" quivers with a poetic intensity that captures the beauty and desolation of the urban South not pictured on tourist postcards.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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An extraordinary visual and musical tapestry built around the compelling persona of real-life Memphis R&B singer Willis Earl Beal.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Its metabolism may be unfamiliar, but this extraordinary movie has true rhythm, and true life.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

'I created this,' Beal says early in the film. 'I imagined it into existence.' The words could be a manifesto for filmmakers, an articulation of the director's mission, particularly in the case of as singular a work as 'Memphis.'

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's a heartbreaking look at literally staggering genius.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro
Metro

"Memphis" is a gorgeous, gorgeous movie-the kind that prompts critics to say "every frame could be a painting"-but it is also proof that the woozy, opaque mode of American independent filmmaking has its limits.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Tim Sutton's movie is a relaxed, contemplative meander through the city with this man and the people in his life.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Tim Sutton's gorgeously shot nomadic mood piece...will bore most audiences but hypnotize a few looking for that magical symbiosis of Jim Jarmusch's blank poetry and David Gordon Green's early Southern Gothic.

September 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Willis Earl Beal is a mysterious presence in his own movie: a man in a stylish hat and a dirty shirt, who can pass for a rock star in one moment and a homeless drifter the next.

September 3, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

The film's music is the city itself as well as a subtle suggestion that Tim Sutton's own digital cinema is just as elusive and intangible as Willis's unwavering sense of dissatisfaction.

September 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sutton's sophomoric sophomore effort is a pseudo-existentialist excursion through the life of a nomadic singer struggling with artistic stagnation.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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