Tabu

Tabu

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Tabu Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014

'Tabu' is a strange and hypnotizing moving image poem with no comprehensive or unifying point of comparison.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
November 10, 2013

A recovered memory of something that never happened.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist
September 27, 2013

It's one of those rarities when too many compliments are not enough and the recommendation to see it as soon as it's near you cannot be stressed enough.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 5, 2013

The art-house film transcends some absurd moments and leaves us with a lyrical and magically satisfying romantic adventure story that is both eccentric and sublime.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 16, 2013

While the path through this unconventional film is not always obvious, it is a sensuous, mysterious and intoxicating path worth taking.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
May 14, 2013

This beguiling and eerie tale of illicit romance and nostalgia for lost love is one for the patient and the adventurous.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 12, 2013

If you are still awake after the first hour of this challenging and often off-putting film from Miguel Gomez, you may find unexpected ethereal rewards in the second half, when a curious, dialogue-free narrative transports us into another realm

Alice Tynan
Limelight
May 1, 2013

Every so often a film comes along that recharges your love of cinema. Miguel Gomes' Tabu is just that gem: a film of such artistry and daring that you'll be left dazzled by the possibilities of the medium.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
April 5, 2013

It takes a while to get to the meat of the movie, but it's well worth the wait.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
February 14, 2013

It almost seems a parody of willfully obscure art-house fare. Yet it has an undertow that sucks you in as often as it strands you back on shore.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 11, 2013

The latter part of the film recalls 1987's "White Mischief," but in Gomes's hands, the story becomes much more...the past and the present continually flow into one another...

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Hartl
Seattle Times
Top Critic
February 7, 2013

A kind of jigsaw puzzle, spiced up with references to "White Mischief," "Out of Africa" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," that will frustrate some audiences and fascinate others.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
February 7, 2013

The black-and-white cinematography and silent-film feel are haunting and nostalgic, and Aurora's story encapsulates a broader, bittersweet truth about the perils of tinted memory.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
January 27, 2013

For a decades-spanning, country-hopping romance on a low budget, "Tabu" looks great...it intentionally evokes in aesthetics, settings and/or plot elements such cinematic classics as "Casablanca," "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946) and more.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
January 24, 2013

The influences of Murnau's 1931 black-and-white Tabu are more thematic than stylistic in this uncategorizable new film

Full Review | Original Score: 7
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
January 15, 2013

If in the first half Gomes dares the audience to be bored, the second half is a cinephile's payoff.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 14, 2013

Patient viewers will find some rewards with a quirky and charming film that develops a wealth of emotional depth.

Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Top Critic
December 28, 2012

Portuguese director Miguel Gomes' latest film moves through different styles and eras, and proves that shooting in black and white is as versatile as it ever was.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
Top Critic
December 27, 2012

Few films are this smart about subtly couching their allegorical aspirations within more straightforward narratives; fewer still are able to do so with such energetically inventive virtuoso style.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Top Critic
December 27, 2012

If you have the patience to watch this film develop and unfold, like some bizarre night-blooming orchid, what you'll see is not just the last movie released in 2012, but possibly the most original of them all.

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