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Tchoupitoulas Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 17, 2013
The city's seedy charm has not often been captured so atmospherically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
January 11, 2013
A lovely, lyrical film that wondrously captures a very specific time and place -- that is, New Orleans at night, as seen through the eyes of a child.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
January 11, 2013
At 80 minutes, the film feels a bit long. That's probably an example of the filmmakers' affection for their subjects, both the Zanders brothers and New Orleans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
January 7, 2013
Tchoupitoulas feels like a cinematic exercise grasping blindly for reason and statement -- a beautifully crafted paragraph in search of a topic sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2013
The film can be seen as simply a kind of impressionistic travelogue, but it slowly and irresistibly conveys that we're also seeing a rite of passage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
December 20, 2012
"Tchoupitoulas" is a jewel-bright whoosh of a ride through nighttime New Orleans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Merin
December 16, 2012
With wide-eyed wonder, three young brothers are charmed by New Orleans' spectacular nightlife for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Todd Jorgenson
December 14, 2012
Without offering much context or addressing obvious social issues, it's an evocative tribute to its setting and to childhood innocence.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 6, 2012
It is alive with the risk and curiosity of youth, and unapologetic in insisting that the pursuit of fun can be a profound and transformative experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 6, 2012
The Rosses are happy to trade cohesion for a rich, varied immersion in New Orleans nightlife. It's less a documentary than a feature-length vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 5, 2012
Questions about the literal truth of Tchoupitoulas are thorny and perhaps besides the point. After all, the filmmakers aren't hiding the artifice.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 4, 2012
Even at this short running time, there's a looseness to the kaleidoscopic adventure that becomes slightly wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
December 4, 2012
The film is entirely immersive, thanks not only to the handheld camera, but also to the illusory nature of the staging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eddie Cockrell
November 30, 2012
[A] provocative fusion of documentary and dramatic elements.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 30, 2012
Two filmmaking brothers turn their cameras on a trio of siblings in an enjoyable, colorful tour through New Orleans nightlife.
Cynthia Fuchs
July 18, 2012
Tchoupitoulas posits time and space as internal experience, embracing subjectivity and uncertainty, not so much recording what happens as helping you to imagine possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
June 21, 2012
Shooting in what sometimes approximates a semi-inebriated haze, and emphasizing the overlapping of diverse sounds coming from different quarters, Tchoupitoulas almost does manage to transcend the sight and sound limitations of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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