Schizo Reviews

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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 29, 2005
An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 22, 2005
Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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.
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
March 31, 2005
An earnest also-ran.
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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
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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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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
March 23, 2005
The acting is first-rate throughout ... The brutality of the fights and Schizo's growing ability to outfox his enemies make for a taut and exciting little picture.
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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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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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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 18, 2005
Pleasingly pulpy story fits right in with indigenous, Slavic tradition and current fascination with gangster fare.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 18, 2005
A stylish portrait of down-on-their luck people with just one goal in life: survival.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 18, 2005
A sophisticated blend of crime thriller, coming-of-age story and social realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 15, 2005
Full of lazy padding.