Red Desert Reviews

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Emma Simmonds
The List
July 27, 2012
It seems fitting that every frame should be rich with sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies
July 26, 2012
Red Desert is Antonioni's clearest, most striking statement of purpose - and one of cinema's great films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
July 26, 2012
Almost half a century on, Red Desert remains a film of rare beauty and brooding erotic intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010
Savor every image and every sound. Few directors have created audiovisual landscapes as lush as Antonioni's.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 26, 2012
A strikingly original, melancholy work executed with painterly precision and still one of the more underrated films from this innovative director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2007
The film's most spellbinding sequence depicts a pantheistic, utopian fantasy of innocence, which she recounts to her ailing son.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 6, 2011
The effect is perhaps even more astounding than in his black and white films. Now, more so than using just shapes and spaces, Antonioni now gets to play with bright colors, and lack of colors.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Perhaps the most extraordinary and riveting film of Antonioni's entire career; and correspondingly impossible to synopsise.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 22, 2004
Fantastically haunting psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
June 27, 2010
[Antonioni] casts a hypnotic spell, his every frame is impeccably composed and painted... and his imagery stripped of extraneous details...
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 30, 2011
Swoon, ye 21st-century philistines, before the cataract of existential glamour that is Antonioni's Il deserto rosso,
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 5, 2006
In some ways, this is Art House 101 stuff -- the kind of movie you just know is good for you, because it's so dull and depressing.That, however, is merely one aspect of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 30, 2012
This flawed masterpiece is a political film, anger seething beneath the seductively beautiful surface, and a contrast to the surrounding devastation is provided by a simple fable told to a small boy by his mother.
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2011
Thematically, Red Desert is a distillation of Antonioni's preferred themes and imagery: alienation, anxiety, modern life, and industrialized landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 28, 2010
a multi-layered treasure that offers much, but never easily
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
September 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
July 23, 2012
A stunningly beautiful and evocative use of colour and setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 26, 2012
What a mysterious film it is, with much to perplex and even exasperate, but much to fascinate as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 27, 2012
Antonioni's sense of design and how the environment inevitably influences his characters is masterly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Not an easy film to watch because of its very deliberate pacing, but well worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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