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Post Tenebras Lux Reviews

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Reygadas' jagged, broken-logic drama lurches from fantasy to earthbound complications, though it is often hard to tell one from the other.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 25, 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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This one delivers a grand pictorialism and piercing existential moments that float atop the maundering narrative like noodles in soup.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 24, 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
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Regadas overdoes everything in a self-indulgent presentation of trite fantasies masked as memories.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

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
Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Acclaimed Mexican auteur's self-indulgent exercise in exquisite pseudo-profundity commits hara-kiri on his own reputation.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 29, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The premise is realized with a sludgy, bombastic portentousness; the images, for all their strained rhapsody, show little, and merely recite a thesis.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 29, 2013
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

May 24, 2012
Jay Weissberg
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 24, 2012
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