Sita Sings the Blues Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012
A spellbinding film that charms with its quirkiness in almost every sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
February 15, 2012
This is the kind of personal filmmaking that could only have come together through a chance set of inspirations. Maybe you could call it fate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 3, 2010
The more love changes the more it stays the same. History itself falls prey to love in this delightful retelling of the Ramayana.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Andy Klein
Brand X
April 28, 2010
... beautiful and often densely detailed images ...
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
April 23, 2010
The brilliance of Paley's achievement is both graphic and structural-she has not only given Sita the visual specificity of a museum-grade gallery painting but also the intricate and inimitable voice of a classic Modernist novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 22, 2010
A very creative and poignant animated film about the heartbreaks experienced by a Hindu goddess and a contemporary woman who share the universal pain and sadness that accompany the end of an intimate relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 15, 2010
It's akin to watching creativity just explode onscreen -- part abstract, part musical, part improvisation-style comedy, and, most compellingly, all inspired by real-life pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 4, 2010
The story makes little sense to those unfamiliar with Indian culture and literary traditions, but it is made accessible for westerners by the use of a kind of Greek Chorus of shadow puppets who help interpret the story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 3, 2010
[Filmmaker Nina] Paley adapts the original 1922 story, The Ramayana, by Valmiki and, wearing many hats, produces a work that is fun, entertaining, educational, colorful and imaginative.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 31, 2009
Charming indie animated film that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 28, 2009
And the ingenuity of Sita -- which evokes painting, collage, underground comic books, Mumbai musicals and "Yellow Submarine" (for starters) - is dazzling. Not busy, or overwhelming, or eye-popping. Just affecting, surprising and a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
December 23, 2009
Paley's beguiling, consistently inventive visuals and sly yet melancholy tone are about as warm and winning as heartbreak-fueled empowerment gets.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 14, 2009
Romantic breakups have provided inspiration to artists through the ages, but never have lemons been made into such a sparkling lemonade as Paley's done here.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
December 6, 2009
The story shifts effortlessly between the two-dimensional collage style of the narrator segments, the classical artistic design of the Rama-Sita story, the pencil sketch style of the modern story, and finally Hanshaw's musical numbers in a two-dimensional
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
November 12, 2009
An infectious, dazzling and poignant story about love and loyalty in both mythical India and modern America, and perfect proof that animation can work for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stan Hall
Oregonian
July 17, 2009
Even if its audience will be about 0.01 percent of that of Coraline and Up, Nina Paley's hilarious, effortlessly cross-cultural and utterly original animated feature should be considered with the same lofty regard.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 26, 2009
Nina Paley's animated marvel mixes a personal tale of romantic woe with a fabulous, often hilarious, recounting of the Sanskrit epic fable The Ramayana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2009
Captivating, mesmerizing, spellbinding -- I'll throw everything in the movie-critic book at this animated feature by Nina Paley
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2009
Nina Paley's delicious Sita Sings the Blues finds solace in autobiography and an animated gold mine in the caverns of an ancient Sanskrit epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 28, 2009
Sita Sings the Blues uses the supposed 'handicap' and 'limitations' of traditional animation to its advantage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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