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Opera Jawa Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A refreshing treat.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

July 7, 2010
David Cornelius

As beautiful as it is confounding.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 23, 2009
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

January 18, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]

I found it beautiful, exotic and virtually incomprehensible.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 16, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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

January 16, 2008
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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A radiant folk fantasia, at once sophisticated and elemental, freewheeling and composed.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 15, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 7, 2007
Peter Bradshaw

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian

September 8, 2007

With some remarkable dance and spectacle, this is a unique film, but not exactly one with broad appeal.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 7, 2007
Tom Charity
Total Film

A crash course in Javanese symbolism is advised before viewing, but few current movies can boast a more of breath-stopping images.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

September 7, 2007

Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 7, 2007
Anna Smith

A visually stunning musical.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 4, 2007
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Stunningly beautiful, it's a shame we can only understand a fraction of what's going on.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

August 31, 2007
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Extraordinary, eerie, exotic and erotic...Opera Jawa is like nothing you have seen before.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A

August 19, 2007
Jay Weissberg
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A beautifully mounted musical epic combining traditional myths with contempo meditations on violence and social inequality, Opera Jawa is bold and innovative.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 23, 2006

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

October 30, 2006
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