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Stranger Than Paradise Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 18, 2014
...a love-it-or-hate-it sort of endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 18, 2008
It's a unique, indelible and hilarious film, and certainly one of the best of its era.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 11, 2008
It's a hipster version of Marty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
May 13, 2008
Jarmusch constructs from basic ingredients a complex of narrative symmetry and existential ennui pointing to something far more resonant than the sum of its parts.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
October 15, 2007
... like a French New wave film by way of Bela Tarr, directed with a hipster American comic sensibility and an outsider's fascination with the details of the everyday.
Jay Antani
October 10, 2007
the American Dream inverted, that its characters are carefree is a by-product not of sharing in the Dream, but of dealing with life on the margins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
September 16, 2007
Overrated but solid understated comedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
December 2, 2006
This austere, minimalist comedy put NY's East Village and Jim Jarmusch on the map, displaying unique sensibility and aesthetics (single long shots). Though only his second work, it's still Jarmusch's best picture--by far.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Not a lot to it, certainly, but the acting and performances combine to produce an obliquely effective study of the effect of landscape upon emotion, and the wry, dry humour is often quite delicious.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 19, 2004
A whimsical picaresque tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 27, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 11, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 4, 2003
Its characters' vacant aspirations are equated by Stranger Than Paradise's lack of conventional purpose - this is the film's idiosyncratic strength.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
The movie is not about plot. It is about mood, and to a lesser extent about character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Szymanski
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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David Ansen
August 18, 2008
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July 22, 2008
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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