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Proteus

Proteus (2004)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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Filmmaker David Lebrun casts his eye on the evolution of art, science, and the world around us in this fusion of documentary and experimental forms. Ernst Haeckel was a 19th Century biologist with a keen interest in art; he found a way to merge these two disciplines when he published the book Art Forms in Nature, in which he offered detailed sketches of nearly 4,000 different single-celled organisms. As Lebrun tells the story of Haeckel and his work, he meditates upon the vision shared by the

Dec 7, 2004

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (13)

Grounded by the stark physicality of the location and the emotional charge generated by those prison-bound passions (Jean Genet would have approved).

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Is it a movie or the best-designed episode of Nova ever?

August 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Problematic on almost all levels.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Involving and affecting even if it is not completely coherent or fully realized.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Carries an air of forced-wit experimentation that never quite gets its anachronisms in order.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Clearly attempting to make the story relevant for contemporary times, they use a variety of stylistic devices that serves to have the opposite effect, distancing us from a story that might have been far more compelling if rendered in a direct fashion.

August 5, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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The problem with Proteus is that the issues tend to overwhelm the story, and one is never fully engaged in the narrative.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

David Lebrun's wonderful documentary brings Haeckel's artistic and scientific triumph to life through a beautifully written narration.

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Frankly steamed sex scenes spice the film from John Greyson and Jack Lewis, gaining it entry to gay festivals but only momentarily rousing it from the fetid doldrums of a fatiguingly 'instructive' story.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

The biggest failing of the movie is that it focuses on the scientific experiments and the facts of the case instead of the emotion of the situation.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

An intelligently rendered film (shot on video) that doesn't seek to make its central characters overtly sympathetic even as it stresses the human rights so thoughtlessly or deliberately denied them.

August 27, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

... the story of lust, love and betrayal intriguingly bemoans racism and prejudice of bygone times while peppering the 'history' with more modern references ...

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: JWR

Homophobia and hyprocisy, history and legend, racism and jealousy, cruelty and love all figure in -- and prove too much.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Yuck! What is this thing supposed to be? What it is, is a mess.
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