Pandora's Box Reviews

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 2, 2006
This is a stirring vision of the world gripped by a sinister moral vice--a nosedive into a carnal abyss of despair lined with visionary chiaroscuro sights and thorny mythological references.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
March 28, 2006
One of the great films about the mysterious allure of the female form and the destructive power of the male gaze that's inflicted upon it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Harper
Senses of Cinema
December 30, 2005
What prevents all of this from teetering over into burlesque is Louise Brooks, who delivers what is surely one of the greatest examples of naturalist acting on film.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
March 27, 2005
Miss Brooks is attractive and she moves her head and eyes at the proper moment, but whether she is endeavoring to express joy, woe, anger or satisfaction it is often difficult to decide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 13, 2002
It's a stunning film, no question, with sexuality that is quite frank for its day, effective atmosphere and, of course, Brooks' stunning performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
It would be impossible to name all the artists who have been touched by Pandora's Box, but novelist Vladimir Nabokov, filmmakers Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Quentin Tarantino, and pop singers Madonna and Siouxsie Sioux are but an obvious few.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
One of those revered classics, so steeped in critical hysteria that it's almost heresy to question its greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This synopsis could apply equally to a great or a laughable film. Brooks makes it a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 4, 2012
| Original Score: A
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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