Pavilion Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve
July 30, 2013
The lack of anything resembling a narrative at times makes Pavilion feel more like a demo-reel than a movie, but the fleeting moments Sutton has captured are so vibrant that they accumulate into something that hums.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 18, 2013
Sutton's approach is observation: We're not so much pulled into a narrative as watching images float in ethereal atmospheres.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2013
Observant but not revealing, free-form but not quite experimental, the obliquely titled "Pavilion" is a mood piece in search of a construct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
March 1, 2013
If you're already on the movie's wavelength, it can be entrancing. If not, "Pavilion" may come off as flat and aimless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 28, 2013
Mr. Sutton tends toward quiet. And while his characters don't say a lot in these 70 ephemeral minutes, he says enough to make you wonder what's next.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
February 27, 2013
A startlingly perceptive first feature.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 27, 2013
The beauty of the footage is undeniable, and the aimlessness never overstays its welcome as the film documents that strange stretch in our lives when nothing seems to matter more than the present moment, suspended in a sort of idle immortality.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 27, 2013
A cynical advisor told Sutton he should market his film as a documentary. That label would prepare potential viewers for Pavilion's lack of story, but it would make a lie of the movie's patient, finely drawn loveliness.
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2013
Shallow-focus photography sharpens the action and gives the seemingly banal images a sense of drama, capturing the urgency of childhood without resorting to histrionics.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
February 26, 2013
George Washington this isn't, but there's enough heft here that the comparison can be tastefully made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
February 26, 2013
A lovely sonatina of a movie, brief and aching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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