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Mystery Train Reviews

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Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
A beauty on-screen, but lacking a developed theme.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If there is a rationale for what takes place on-screen, it's not evident. Things happen, and nothing means anything.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
...has the same weird beauty as a Van Morrison vocal, a mannered eccentricity that somehow cracks open and lays bear the stuttering, fervid heart of what could have been banal material.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The best thing about "Mystery Train" is that it takes you to an America you feel you ought to be able to find for yourself, if you only knew where to look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
January 4, 2009
[in] Jarmusch's strange elegy for faded Americana... nostalgia reigns, love is lost, death is never far away, and everything is haunted by the ghost of Elvis, "young and beautiful looking, like in 1956".
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010
Jarmuschs films are usually about the gradual accretion of small details than the articulation of a conventional narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
June 22, 2010
(O)nce it plants itself within, it remains a vivid cultural memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Smithey
October 21, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 18, 2010
The humor is here. It's so deadpan that it sneaks up on you.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 10, 2010
The three-part structure of Mystery Train is still a bit shambling and slight, but there's an undeniable air of deadpan cool that permeates the film and gives it a haunting sense of place.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Happily, Jarmusch's formal inventiveness is framed by a rare flair for zany entertainment ...
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
This film offers an entertaining slice of modern life in the town celebrated as Elvis Presley's home.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
October 2, 2005
Intriguing, if hit-or-miss comedy from Jarmusch.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 25, 2006
Brilliantly witty and keenly observant of the social scene.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
June 27, 2010
... his unhurried rhythms give the deadpan mix of quirky Americana, pop culture, and cinematic poetry a quietly lived-in quality...
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Certainly Jarmusch brings back his favorite predilections (and probably always will), but he makes his passengers interesting, kicks the plot off the platform whenever possible and keeps the way ahead refreshingly uncertain.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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