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Restless City (2012)

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60

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3/5
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Restless City tells the story of an Africa immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. -- (C) Official Site

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Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

Eugene M. Gussenhoven

Oct 9, 2012

$8.1k

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"Restless City" is tumescent with atmosphere.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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"Restless City" possesses a poetic, contemplative sensibility as attuned to the vagrant beauty of polyglot urban life as to its chaotic unpredictability.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Mr. Dosunmu seems to have directed all his actors to pause before delivering lines, giving a languor to the film that comes to feel studied.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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In its portrait of a "Restless City" the film is strangely inert and feels like the work of image-makers, not storytellers.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Told in an elliptical style with a pacing and jagged rhythms that take some getting used to, the thrust and power of the film lies in its poetic imagery...

April 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Restless City looks gorgeous, but has nothing to say.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Inviting and intriguing in its beauty, grit, and danger, familiar yet foreign.

May 6, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Violent episodes explode and recede, but without context and emotional connection, they're sometimes just pictures.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The script simply isn't in the same league as the images that Andrew Dosunmu and the gifted cinematographer Bradford Young have fashioned.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Forget pimps, it's apparently just as hard out there for a street peddler.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
AALBC.com

Beautiful but inert, Restless City is like a grimy lost verse of Jay-Z's 'Empire State of Mind' -- a film concerned with locating the quiet nobility in hand-to-mouth existence, and celebrating struggle for self-betterment via dollar bills, y'all.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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