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Alps Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 6, 2012
The reality it takes place in is heightened just enough to make the concept feel ironic, but then all attempt at genuine sentiment subsequently falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 11, 2012
An hour and a half of darkening absurdism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2012
The film takes some deciphering, but once a viewer cracks its code "Alps" opens up into something expansive and rich.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 12, 2012
Oblique connections are the threads that hold this film together, as Mr. Lanthimos moves from one somber, deliberate scene to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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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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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 10, 2012
Puzzling and provocative, Alps has a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 10, 2012
A comedy of pained laughter, Alps confirms the certitude of our darkest hours: The dead are the lucky ones.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2012
Lanthimos' film, with its emphasis on death deferred, holds the chilly fascination of a gaping skull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 21, 2012
ALPS is a real mind trip with strong acting, and it leaves you to wonder what Lanthimos and Filippou will do next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 13, 2011
Feels like a pale shadow of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 9, 2011
It simply demands to be stared at, in awe or incomprehension.
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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.