Post Tenebras Lux Reviews

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Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
March 20, 2013
This dark and slightly surreal Mexican film is beautifully shot and features a string of naturalistic and impressive performances, but sadly its bizarre blend of eccentric scenes don't really come together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 17, 2013
Mexican experimentalist Carlos Reygadas offers a perplexing, plotless plod about a dysfunctional family living in the countryside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jordan Hoffman
Birth.Movies.Death.
April 30, 2013
Despite a handful of splendid moments, it doesn't quite succeed
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
May 24, 2012
Dreary family drama goes on to dominate what could almost be described as the plot, and mid-film sorties into a cheerless sex club and a rugby match at an English secondary school are as bamboozling in isolation as they are in context.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
December 10, 2013
It's a picture one could walk away from for a period of time and the movie wouldn't notice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 29, 2013
The premise is realized with a sludgy, bombastic portentousness; the images, for all their strained rhapsody, show little, and merely recite a thesis.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 21, 2013
Baffling is the default setting for this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 24, 2012
It pains us to say that Post Tenebras Lux leaves you in a state of chilly bemusement rather than breathless rapture.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
May 24, 2012
Yet again, one senses that Reygadas - instead of simply getting on with the job of making a film - has opted instead to go for an opus magnum that reminds us of cinema's greats
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
March 9, 2014
As irritating as this film is, I am grateful for it. Reygadas is an artist, and an uncompromising one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
May 24, 2012
The title, signifying "light after darkness," derives from the Latin translation of the Book of Job, an appropriate source given that a considerable amount of the prophet's proverbial patience is required.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2013
This one delivers a grand pictorialism and piercing existential moments that float atop the maundering narrative like noodles in soup.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 29, 2013
Creates so many possibilities that it may be likened to a rough draft awaiting editing.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2013
Carlos Reygadas's latest, an almost impossibly intellectual film, keeps us at a remove that's as striking as that which separates its main character from the lower classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
Muddled and atmospheric, the result is more frustrating than fascinating.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 24, 2013
It's just one self-indulgence after (or before) another.
Xan Brooks
Guardian
May 24, 2012
Reygadas has elected to shoot large portions of his film through a bevelled camera lens, which refracts his figures, doubles the image and leaves the screen's borders blurred. I have no doubt he is deliberately setting out to vex us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
February 21, 2013
There's visual poetry here, in small doses, but it doesn't take long for one's patience to run out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 26, 2013
Ambitious (and pretentious) to afault, Reygadas' latest feature contains some haunting imagery but is frustrating from a narrative standpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
March 17, 2013
Reygadas' big ideas translate with mixed results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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