Tabu: A Story of the South Seas Reviews

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Alexander Bakshy
The Nation
January 18, 2013
Tabu is deliberate and forced in its playfulness, cheaply melodramatic in its tragedy, and unconscionably long-winded.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The exquisite tragic ending -- conceived musically and rhythmically as a gradually decelerating diminuendo -- is one of the pinnacles of silent cinema.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 16, 2004
If D.W. Griffith created the language of film, he left it up to his successors to add their own personal esthetics. On the short list of the cinema's all time greatest artists belongs the name F.W. Murnau.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 19, 2013
Brilliantly simple lyrical film was shot on location in Tahiti.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
John G. Nettles
November 3, 2002
As with so many other great films, this one carries its own burden of real life sorrow.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
January 28, 2006
It is like a picture poem, with its sunshine and happiness in the beginning and its stormy drama in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
August 20, 2012
A brilliant film that deservedly won the Best Cinematography Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: A-

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 29, 2006
Magnificent, filled with shimmering, luminescent images that evoke both paradise and paradise lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 24, 2003
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