Schizo Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 16, 2005
poorly thought-out
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 15, 2005
Full of lazy padding.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
March 9, 2005
Mild and forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
March 31, 2005
As admirable as some of the film might be, it's ultimately too sluggish and dreary to be very memorable.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 30, 2005
While believable and well put-together, the story is a bit too slight to fully command our attention.
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
March 31, 2005
An earnest also-ran.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 8, 2005
Nusuppaev simply isn't skilled enough to bring us along on Schizo's journey, and Omarova's sense of pace is uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 29, 2005
This Russian-made thriller is seriously lacking energy, which is surprising considering the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 24, 2005
A stark and stylistic hybrid of the Dardennes' formal austerity and Terrence Malick's lyricism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 25, 2005
...first time feature director Guka Omarova transcends [Kazakhstan's] borders with her deft story telling
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 17, 2005
A coming-of-age story that is sensitive and well observed -- if also somewhat conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 22, 2005
It's unlikely that many Americans know much about Kazakhstan ... Schizo gives them a fascinating tour -- of its wide steppes, its dusty cities, its grimy mines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 22, 2005
A transfixing, gracefully constructed slice of realistic cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 25, 2005
An austere, moving tale about a young man underestimated by everyone except himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 30, 2005
The director creates a taut picture of a place, and a liberating moment of choice.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 25, 2005
Despite elements that can easily cause a film with much to offer to be unjustly underrated and ignored, director Omarova brings true storytelling credentials to her 1st film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 28, 2005
A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 12, 2005
It takes patience to get into this movie, but it does pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 8, 2005
Guka Omarova's assured first feature Schizo is a noir forced out into the sunlight.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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