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The Fall Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
February 2, 2009
...a movie that not only expected me to pay attention, it assumed that I could.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 3, 2008
The pacing drags and the clichéd tussle between childhood innocence and adult disillusionment can only go one way. Better to experience it than think about it, fair to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 30, 2008
Pace and Untaru generate an unforced chemistry that makes them pleasant company for a couple of hours, but they almost work against the movie's need to establish narrative tension. They appear to be having such a good time that Roy's self-destructive impu
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
May 30, 2008
An achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 30, 2008
Sometimes, looking good isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 30, 2008
That's the trouble with candy, the eye kind or the tooth-decaying variety. It's only after you've made a glutton of yourself that you realize you haven't devoured anything particularly filling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kathie Smith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 30, 2008
The Fall is a technically dazzling film that instantly gratifies the eye, but falls short of appeasing the head or the heart with its visual excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 30, 2008
This is a stunning coffee-table book, but it's not really a movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 30, 2008
A bewitching movie, rich in ideas and humanity, and it reminds us that fiction is real to the one who imagines it. Adults might read with detachment, but kids know the truth: It matters who lives and who dies in a story. It matters for them, and for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 30, 2008
The Fall may indeed stumble at times, and it's certainly hard to categorize. But it's also exhilarating in reach and vision while admirable in execution. If only more films aspired to such wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2008
Tarsem's The Fall is a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms. Surely it is one of the wildest indulgences a director has ever granted himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2008
Dazzling and delirious, The Fall is a celebration of cinema, of old-fashioned storytelling and globe-hopping spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2008
Some filmmakers can imagine everything and select nothing, and while it's clear as a bell Tarsem has more talent than almost any 10 directors put together, in The Fall he's basically showing off with every new wondrous image.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 12, 2008
It really adds up to a whole lot of nothing.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 9, 2008
The Fall is aptly named not only because it pertains to a tragic descent but because viewers will feel as if they have plunged headlong into an alternate universe with this dazzling adult fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 9, 2008
This is a feast for the eyes and a famine for the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2008
For a film that wants to present itself as extravagantly dazzling, there is something thuddingly familiar and bland in its vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 9, 2008
Some of the set pieces are ravishing, more often they're ravishingly clunky.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 9, 2008
This whacked-out fairy tale for grown-ups is as stunning in its beauty as it is in its lack of logic.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
May 9, 2008
Shot piecemeal over the course of four years on locations in 18 countries, The Fall is a genuine labor of love -- and a real bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 8, 2008
It's the most glorious, wonderful mess put onscreen since Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 7, 2008
If the human details are often problematic, the IMAX-grade bombast, ceremonial camera, and Jodorowsky-esque eclecticism still combine for a singular spectacle.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 19, 2006
This convoluted, arbitrary, overlong whimsy will strike most grown-ups as childish, and is far too violent and pretentious for kids.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
Tarsem and his screenwriting collaborators aren't able to come up with enough interesting justifications for their sudden shifts, and soon the shape-shifting yarn just feels like lazy storytelling.
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Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: D+