Alps Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 6, 2012
A film peculiar beyond all understanding, based on a premise that begs belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2012
A strange story. A strange world. And strange characters doing even stranger things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 6, 2012
Lanthimos' vision still compels and challenges, but Alps offers a big idea in place of a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
February 22, 2012
An overly elaborate riddle
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
September 6, 2011
The cumulative force of the screenplay and Yorgos Mavropsaridis' editing is not as hypnotic as in Dogtooth, perhaps in part because those familiar with Lanthimos' m.o. will know what to expect.
Miles Fielder
The List
November 13, 2012
It's hard to see what, if anything, Lanthimos is saying about modern Greece. And without that clear focus, the film feels a bit off-piste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 8, 2012
The movie's morbidly funny once you get the hang of it, and climaxes deftly, but for too long Lanthimos feels like he's stalling for no especial purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 6, 2012
The movie contains some of the same elements that made [Dogtooth] so startling but they tend to float around rather than coalesce into a singular perspective.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 12, 2012
What does it mean?
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 8, 2012
Lanthimos is such a distinctive film-maker and nothing he does is without interest - but this is a misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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July 12, 2012
An impressively taut absurdist drama that's deliberate in its exploration of the value and limits of compassion.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 13, 2012
The movie focuses tightly and obviously on role playing, but the most unsettling observations concern how fragile it all is - our health, our minds, our denial of death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
August 7, 2012
This cinematic experience was weirdly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 11, 2012
Feels very much like a companion piece to Dogtooth; albeit a subtler, less confronting, and also less powerful one. How could it possibly compare? But Alps does have one trump card; a profoundly sad beating heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
In fact, you probably shouldn't be reading this review if you have an interest in seeing the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Concannon
Little White Lies
November 8, 2012
Requires multiple viewings to pick this one apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
July 9, 2012
Both a companion piece to and in many ways a reversal of Dogtooth, it builds on that film's surreally terse style and notions of communication and identity without diluting its singularity or concentration
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
July 12, 2012
There's no sense of how this service ever works, and only a scant indication of the miseries from which Papoulia is trying to escape by assuming a new identity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
July 26, 2012
Lanthimos continually keeps you guessing about both the procedural and emotional logic at work in "Alps," and his actors are with him every step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 29, 2012
After the failure of his insufferable last film "Dogtooth," Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos refines his minimalist approach to absurdist satire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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