Post Tenebras Lux Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 25, 2013
Reygadas' jagged, broken-logic drama lurches from fantasy to earthbound complications, though it is often hard to tell one from the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
The result calls for a viewing as different as looking at a Vermeer against Rothko or de Kooning or multiple other modern painters.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 12, 2013
Along with Bela Tarr and Terrence Malick, Carlos Reygadas is one of today's few genuinely religious filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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May 3, 2013
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.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 3, 2013
Like a jumbled-up set of nesting boxes, the scenes make sense individually (kind of). The hard part is fitting them together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 2, 2013
Regadas overdoes everything in a self-indulgent presentation of trite fantasies masked as memories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 1, 2013
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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Steve Erickson
Village Voice
April 30, 2013
Confusion often reigns here, but the film offers a degree of lush beauty that makes sitting through it well worth the occasional frustrations.
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David Ehrlich
Film.com
April 29, 2013
"'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 | Original Score: 8.8
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2013
Acclaimed Mexican auteur's self-indulgent exercise in exquisite pseudo-profundity commits hara-kiri on his own reputation.
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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.
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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
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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.