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Restless City Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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"Restless City" is tumescent with atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
Miles Bowe
Boston Phoenix

Restless City looks gorgeous, but has nothing to say.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

August 16, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2012
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2012
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2012
Kam Williams
AALBC.com

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

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2012
Brent Simon
Shockya.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.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: C-

April 28, 2012
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 26, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles 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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2012
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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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...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 24, 2012

New York Times
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April 27, 2012
John Anderson
Variety
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