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The Guitar Reviews

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November 10, 2008
A strong, kind-hearted start to a hopefully active career [for director Amy Redford].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2008
I was seduced by Melody's story. Sucked in, enjoying Amy Redford's film despite myself.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
November 5, 2008
Written by Amos Poe and directed with moxie by Amy Redford, it's the ultimate movie about optimism.
November 5, 2008
You have to see it for yourself. It is that out-of-the-depths triumphant.
October 18, 2008
A sobering and resonant tale.
January 22, 2008
This beguiling wisp of a film charms and maddens in equal measure.
December 20, 2008
We've probably all wondered what we'd do if given a few short months to live and the premise of The Guitar takes one self indulgent option
November 20, 2008
The Guitar is a lark, at best, but when Burrows' healing indulgence extends to taking on lovers of both sexes, its goofiness acquires a certain hedonistic charm.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 10, 2008
An interesting premise is weakened by directorial callowness, tonal uncertainty and an unengaging central performance.
November 7, 2008
[A] bizarre art-house equiva lent of The Bucket Lisy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2008
That the movie is easy on the eyes (Melody's fetching silhouette against those sunset river views) doesn't make it any less bogus.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 6, 2008
Some new directors often opt for minimalism in the hope that less is more. This doesn't work for Amy Redford (Robert's daughter), who transitions from actress to filmmaker with The Guitar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 5, 2008
After spending 45 of the movie's 95 minutes in an orgy of consumerism, The Guitar suddenly speeds up its tempo and begins bombarding us with plot developments.
November 5, 2008
The movie has more clichéd rebirths in mind, and you'll resent where it goes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
November 5, 2008
Interesting only in showing how tin-eared scriptwriting (by Amos Poe) can make 2008 New York City seem less familiar than 1952 Japan.
November 2, 2008
Without its weirdo visual flourishes, The Guitar would be completely reprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 18, 2008
To be brutally honest, there are many other things I would rather do with my final days than sit through this clichéd mess all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 18, 2008
Saffron Burrows is commanding as a distraught woman who finds a novel way to cope with tragedy, but the movie constantly subverts realistic detail with the fantastic in ways that are not dramatically satisfying.
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