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Opera Jawa Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
A refreshing treat.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Cornelius
April 23, 2009
As beautiful as it is confounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2008
Blood and beauty are set in tandem, leaving the audience to wrestle with the contradictions that [director] Nugroho highlights in a film that stands out by any standard of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 16, 2008
I found it beautiful, exotic and virtually incomprehensible.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 16, 2008
A colorful and confounding head trip, Opera Jawa is guaranteed to test the fortitude of all but the most adventurous viewer.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
January 15, 2008
A radiant folk fantasia, at once sophisticated and elemental, freewheeling and composed.
Peter Bradshaw
September 8, 2007
I remembered what Kenneth Tynan said about Godot: go and see it, and the worst that can happen is that you will see an oddity, a four-leaf clover. But it could yet be a wonderful experience.
September 7, 2007
With some remarkable dance and spectacle, this is a unique film, but not exactly one with broad appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Charity
Total Film
September 7, 2007
A crash course in Javanese symbolism is advised before viewing, but few current movies can boast a more of breath-stopping images.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sky Movies
September 7, 2007
In certain circles, it won't be for anyone. But it's as unusual and enigmatic a piece of cinema as you're likely to see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
September 4, 2007
A visually stunning musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 31, 2007
Stunningly beautiful, it's a shame we can only understand a fraction of what's going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 19, 2007
Extraordinary, eerie, exotic and erotic...Opera Jawa is like nothing you have seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jay Weissberg
September 23, 2006
A beautifully mounted musical epic combining traditional myths with contempo meditations on violence and social inequality, Opera Jawa is bold and innovative.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
October 30, 2006
If all the spectacular artifice seems a little overwhelming at times, Nugroho's film, nevertheless, retains a simple emotional core sustained by sensitive and expressive performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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