Tabu Reviews

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
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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
January 24, 2013

The audience is left to imagine much of the story, though it is clear it involves love, betrayal, guilt, regret and a recurring crocodile.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
December 27, 2012

A lyrical Old Hollywood melodrama projected on a bedsheet? A celluloid curio la Barnum's Fiji mermaid? At such times, it's better to stick with a simple "wonderful."

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
December 27, 2012

Churlish though it sounds, you'll want to arrive for this b&w Portuguese drama about 45 minutes late.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Tobias
AV Club
Top Critic
December 27, 2012

Droll, mysterious, enchanting, and altogether singular.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
December 26, 2012

Its artfulness seems like an alibi, an excuse for keeping the ugliness of history out of the picture.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jay Weissberg
Top Critic
November 30, 2012

Miguel Gomes begins Tabu in a seemingly ridiculous vein and unexpectedly shifts to something surprisingly enriching and poetic.

Richard Brody
New Yorker
Top Critic
October 8, 2012

A brilliantly nuanced, deeply imagined psycho- excavation of modern Europe by the Portuguese director Miguel Gomes.

Tony Wong
Toronto Star
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

The reward is a stunning photographic narrative - a love story told as sweeping parable. But to get there takes an investment by the viewer.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ben Walters
Time Out
Top Critic
September 5, 2012

Evoking work as disparate as that of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Guy Maddin and Claire Denis - with a dash of 'The Artist' thrown in - 'Tabu' is a tantalising trip.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5