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Post Tenebras Lux Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unusually bold and bizarre drama that offers a different way of looking at film.

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

February 10, 2014
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A completely essential piece of film art.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

November 12, 2013
Dan Sullivan
Film Comment Magazine

Post Tenebras Lux is a film rich with sheer material presence, making good on Reygadas's apparent intention to make the viewer truly feel the audible and the visible, but his pictorial gimmickry can only do so much aesthetic heavy-lifting.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 5, 2013
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Even with its head games and confusions, "Post Tenebras Lux" is an imposing spiritual work,

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3

September 16, 2013
Chris Buckle
The Skinny

A bewildering array of arresting imagery - glowing devils, self-decapitation, joyless sex clubs and public school rugby matches - that seems to confrontationally resist reconciliation.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

July 15, 2013
Josh Larsen

If there's a unifying concept to all of this it's the idea of defilement.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2013
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The result calls for a viewing as different as looking at a Vermeer against Rothko or de Kooning or multiple other modern painters.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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Along with Bela Tarr and Terrence Malick, Carlos Reygadas is one of today's few genuinely religious filmmakers.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Moviegoers beholden to clean narrative may feel they need their own explanatory GPS and audio guide. But the richer reward lies in allowing oneself to be led by this gifted director's instinct for lyrical, sensory exploration.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 6, 2013
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Emotionally and intellectually demanding, but occasionally exhausting and tedious.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 6.96/10

May 3, 2013
Scott Tobias
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It's as if Reygadas started with a sprawling cache of visual ideas and then tried to find some way to organize them all. The effect can be frustrating at times, but also surprising and beguiling.

Full Review Source: NPR

May 3, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Like a jumbled-up set of nesting boxes, the scenes make sense individually (kind of). The hard part is fitting them together.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2013
Joe Peeler
Paste Magazine

If greeted with enough openness and interest, Post Tenebras Lux's seemingly incoherent string of scenes reveals itself as a carefully executed emotional structure that begs for, and rewards, repeated viewings.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.2/10

May 2, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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The film is never less than fascinating, but it appears to be so intensely personal as to be all but indecipherable to viewers not personally acquainted with the filmmaker, or at least in possession of the press kit.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

May 2, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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A mesmerizing combination of opaque art-house cinema, personal reflection and class-based rural thriller, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas' "Post Tenebras Lux" casts a strange and powerful spell.

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May 1, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Life and death, nature and culture, sex and money, man and beast, God and the Devil - "Post Tenebras Lux" embraces the world even if it doesn't open itself up to ready interpretation.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 30, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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This is a movie that, even in its most inexplicable or provocative moments, welcomes each of us into its stream of subconsciousness as a fellow dreamer.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2013
Steve Erickson
Village Voice
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Confusion often reigns here, but the film offers a degree of lush beauty that makes sitting through it well worth the occasional frustrations.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 30, 2013
David Ehrlich
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"'Post Tenebras Lux' works so well because - even at its most random - it always feels like more of a single portrait of a man in crisis than it does an impish bouquet of provocative incidents."

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8.8

April 29, 2013
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

The film does come across as an evidently sincere attempt to create a new kind of cinema, but opinion will certainly vary on whether Reygadas really does offer, as his title suggests, light after darkness.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 22, 2013
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