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Tabu Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A

June 2, 2014
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A recovered memory of something that never happened.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

November 10, 2013
Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A

September 27, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
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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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

June 5, 2013
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2013
Simon Weaving

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

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3/5

May 14, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 12, 2013
Alice Tynan

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 Source: Limelight | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 1, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It takes a while to get to the meat of the movie, but it's well worth the wait.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 14, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

February 11, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2013
Marc Mohan

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

February 7, 2013
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B

January 27, 2013
Kirk Honeycutt

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7

January 24, 2013
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 15, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

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

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January 14, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 28, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
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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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 9.5/10

December 27, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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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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December 27, 2012
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