Robinson in Ruins Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
Not only is this elegiac work filled with paradoxical hope for humanity's future, it's also an encouraging sign of life-an indication of the robust health of documentary art
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 14, 2012
Not your everyday fare. A Marxist documentary assault on Tory-inspired rot in Britain. Hopefully it will inspire young American filmmakers to go after our own filthy rich.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
January 11, 2012
An exaltation of life counters the intimations of extinction, trumping the polemical despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 10, 2012
The results are both enlightening and enervating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 19, 2010
It's too abstruse for its own good, and often boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Express
November 19, 2010
Vanessa Redgrave provides the narration of a beautifully photographed, meandering film essay that fails to match the impact of either London or Robinson In Space.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 18, 2010
Perhaps it is all a little recondite, but there are moments of austere visual poetry...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 18, 2010
Keiller finds melancholic magic in the discarded domestic and industrial edifices of a landscape that has much to tell us -- if only we're prepared to look and listen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 17, 2010
Keiller casts a spell. His "psychogeographical" methods unearth secrets about Britain not merely physical but spiritual, cultural, economic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carmen Gray
Total Film
November 17, 2010
There are moments of real absurdist humour, but Vanessa Redgrave's droning narration over endless shots of flowers makes it feel like a combo of recent radio news and a nature-themed screensaver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 15, 2010
Keiller's follow up to his cine-essays London and Robinson In Space is another intelligent, thought-provoking piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
October 24, 2010
One often hears of actors reading the phonebook and exalting their fans in doing so. Here the superb Vanessa Redgrave achieves this narrative feat, except the phone numbers are replaced by historical facts united by a journey of a make-believe character.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 18, 2010
A combination of poem and polemic. The obituary of a society that never had it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2010
Robinson's very name ties him to explorers like Crusoe and Walden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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New York Times
January 13, 2012
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 17, 2010
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