Nostalghia Reviews

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Top Critic
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 4, 2015
Stick with it. There are shocking acts that rupture the stillness, and then there's one of cinema's great endings, a wrenching, rapturous scene that would set both of those poets into embarrassed rewrites.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 4, 2015
A hauntingly beautiful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
March 4, 2015
Nostalgia engages questions and emotions that are rarely even contemplated in the cinema.
John Oursler
PopMatters
March 4, 2015
Tarkovsky's hypnotic framing of Gorchakov's experience is made possible through his signature pacing, extended tracking shots, and slow zooms and focusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 4, 2015
Tarkovsky is an uncompromising filmmaker... films move slowly, but exercise a fascination unlike anything else I've seen.
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
January 31, 2014
Just as Tarkovsky used deep space to explore psychological space in Solaris, here, he's using an estranging, sepia-toned Tuscany to express the dimensions of the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 23, 2014
One of the moistest movies you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
May 30, 2013
Perhaps Andrei Tarkovsky's most opaque film, Nostalghia is nonetheless one of his most personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 28, 2013
It's a mood piece that makes you feel like you're drowning in high-grade art swill. If that sounds oppressive, know that it is, but the tonic is invigorating: a clammy atmosphere so unlike the airless options Hollywood's about to spring on us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
June 21, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Instead of excitement, the feeling one gets after seeing Nostalghia is one of utter relaxation that makes us long for the world we left behind in the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Acquarello
Senses of Cinema
July 24, 2001
Tarkovsky's personal struggle between love of country and creative freedom culminated during the filming of Nostalghia.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film ends in light, as through the open circular window of a ruined church the sun shines in.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 4, 2015
The film is lovely but punishingly slow, packed with imagery that seems at once hopelessly obscure and crushingly obvious.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 30, 2003
A belíssima fotografia, a direção elegante de Tarkovsky e a seqüência da travessia com a vela quase me fizeram esquecer o quão pretensioso, auto-indulgente e prolixo é este filme. Eu disse 'quase'.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Nothing happens.
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