The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear Reviews

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 10, 2013
Pure film poetry woven from the daily woes and joy of a most unpoetic people.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jen Chaney
The Dissolve
August 8, 2013
There are no Hollywood endings here. There's just the truth, which Gurchiani has proved she's committed to capturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Aaron Cutler
Village Voice
August 7, 2013
A film less regional than universal in its presentation of the human urge to reshape oneself with others' help.
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 29, 2013
Director Tinatin Gurchiani offers a snapshot of her Georgian homeland, but she also taps into universal concerns about family, separation and identity.
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 18, 2013
Fitfully depressing and bravely open, Gurchiani's film commiserates on life's fleeting and often harrowing destinies...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 22, 2013
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.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
[A] thoughtful but slow and random snapshot of life in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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August 8, 2013
No doubt it's affecting, but Gurchiani hasn't effectively connected the pieces to shape a larger story about Georgian youth.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 6, 2013
The experiment isn't more than a slice of life, but at least it's a generous one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
A visit to the depressed, rural mire of a nondescript country.
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