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Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

Todd McCarthy
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March 27, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 3, 2003
Jan Stuart
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If the message seems more facile than the earlier films, the images have such a terrible beauty you may not care.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 28, 2003

Houston Chronicle
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February 14, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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+

February 14, 2003
Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

January 30, 2003

Los Angeles Times
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November 16, 2002
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral.

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November 15, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Pretentious, ponderous and redundant."

November 15, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 8, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Reggio's trippy, ambitious downer can also sometimes come across like nothing more than a glorified Nike ad.

October 31, 2002
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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This is a film living far too much in its own head.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 25, 2002
Octavio Roca
San Francisco Chronicle
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The sound of Ma's cello alone is reason not to miss Naqoyqatsi.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 25, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The lightest of sensory candy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

October 25, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I have problems with Naqoyqatsi as a film, but as a music video it's rather remarkable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 25, 2002
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Reggio and Glass so rhapsodize cynicism, with repetition and languorous slo-mo sequences, that Glass's dirgelike score becomes a fang-baring lullaby.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2002
Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
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A disturbing and frighteningly evocative assembly of imagery and hypnotic music composed by Philip Glass.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2002
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this, the final part of the 'qatsi' trilogy, directed by Godfrey Reggio, with music by Philip Glass?

| Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If you're open to the film, it will leave you pondering human fate and asking unanswerable questions.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 17, 2002
David Chute
L.A. Weekly
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Incoherence reigns.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 17, 2002
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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The whole thing plays like a tired Tyco ad.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 15, 2002
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Twenty years later, Reggio still knows how to make a point with poetic imagery, but his ability to startle has been stifled by the very prevalence of the fast-forward technology that he so stringently takes to task.

September 5, 2002
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