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The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear Reviews

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian

The individual moments in the film can be bleak but compelling, although the overall impact is blunted by a dearth of context or authorial voice.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

September 6, 2013
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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[A] thoughtful but slow and random snapshot of life in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 22, 2013
Louis Proyect
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Pure film poetry woven from the daily woes and joy of a most unpoetic people.

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August 10, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The film produces moments that catch in the throat, like the man who sheepishly admits he would need rehearsal to laugh on cue. Then he adds, softly, "But cry, no problem."

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 8, 2013
Tomas Hachard
NPR
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No doubt it's affecting, but Gurchiani hasn't effectively connected the pieces to shape a larger story about Georgian youth.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 8, 2013
Jen Chaney
The Dissolve

There are no Hollywood endings here. There's just the truth, which Gurchiani has proved she's committed to capturing.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 8, 2013
Aaron Cutler
Village Voice
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A film less regional than universal in its presentation of the human urge to reshape oneself with others' help.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 7, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The experiment isn't more than a slice of life, but at least it's a generous one.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2013
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

It ever so subtly zeros in on the extreme particularities of a remote place to find something universal, or at the very least easily comprehensible about despair.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2013
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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The effect of "Machine" is similar to an anthology of short stories woven around a singular setting. Every life in it is a window onto both a unique and shared destiny.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2013
Tim Grierson
Screen International

Director Tinatin Gurchiani offers a snapshot of her Georgian homeland, but she also taps into universal concerns about family, separation and identity.

Full Review Source: Screen International

July 29, 2013
Elias Savada
Film Threat

Fitfully depressing and bravely open, Gurchiani's film commiserates on life's fleeting and often harrowing destinies...

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

June 18, 2013
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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A visit to the depressed, rural mire of a nondescript country.

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January 22, 2013
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Tinatin Gurchiani's accomplished first feature The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear offers an impressionistic, somewhat poetical view of current life in her native former Soviet territory.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2013
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