Too much of a good thing being bombarded with an hour and a half of trippy images that appear to be lecturing me on how miserable, yet strangely beautiful, modern life is.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The only feeling one comes away from Naqoyqatsi is admiration of its technological virtuosity--certainly not what Reggio intended.
| Original Score: 2/4
Socially aware, but so nihilistic and fatalistic that it's irrelevant since it is unwilling to push towards the social change that the prior films supported so adamently.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Reggio's ever-evolving style in this film doesn't have the same mesmerizing quality as his previous efforts...but nobody makes more accessible non-narrative conceptual cinema.
| Original Score: 3/4
The collected sum of the images equal a work of kitsch art.
| Original Score: C
Instead of helping us step out of our world, which has become inundated with imagery, Naqoyqatsi gives us more of the same, and our eyes glaze over.
| Original Score: 2/5
If the message seems more facile than the earlier films, the images have such a terrible beauty you may not care.
The saturation bombing of Reggio's images and Glass' evocative music ... ultimately leaves viewers with the task of divining meaning.
Like its two predecessors, 1983's Koyaanisqatsi and 1988's Powaqqatsi, the cinematic collage Naqoyqatsi could be the most navel-gazing film ever.
Can be viewed as pure composition and form -- film as music
At its best, Naqoyqatsi awakens the eyes, but it doesn't really do much to tweak the conscience. It's difficult to feel a sense of outrage while you're in a trance.
| Original Score: C+
Despite its visual virtuosity, 'Naqoyqatsi' is banal in its message and the choice of material to convey it.
What was once original has been co-opted so frequently that it now seems pedestrian.
It's a little difficult to say go out and see this movie, because it's not exactly a movie - it's more like a picture book for the big screen.
| Original Score: 3/5
If you open yourself up to Mr. Reggio's theory of this imagery as the movie's set ... it can impart an almost visceral sense of dislocation and change.
| Original Score: B
My advice is to skip the film and pick up the soundtrack.
While the juxtapositions are occasionally intriguing, much of the imagery is so hackneyed ... it feels dead to the eye.
Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral.
Pretentious, ponderous and redundant."
Whether you're moved and love it, or bored or frustrated by the film, you'll still feel something.
| Original Score: 3.5/4