Unconscious Reviews

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April 4, 2011
May 3, 2007
Oristrell stages funny, madcap scenes around bondage, cross-dressing and incest.
April 12, 2007
The film is sustained effortlessly by the charismatic Watling and Tosar, who are among Spain's most popular movie stars.
April 12, 2007
Laboring in the wide shadow of Almodvar and lacking much in the way of visual distinction, Unconscious compensates with its cast's full-tilt commitment to rip-snorting farce.
March 22, 2007
[Billy] Wilder would have loved this razor-timed, feather-light comedy set in sexually repressed 1913 Spain.
February 13, 2007
Oristrell is a modern day Woody Allen, although with a better sense of rhythm and naughty buffoonery. You'll laugh from corners of your subconscious you didn't know you had.
February 13, 2007
When it is good it is very, very good, and when it's not it's mediocre.
February 9, 2007
Everything you always wanted to know about sex, and then some. A bawdy, early Woody Allen-esque slapstick comedy!
February 9, 2007
Film is ultimately unsure of what it wants to say about modernity, psychoanalysis and all it liberates.
February 9, 2007
The comedy is too broad, lacking the subtlety that the film's high-brow intentions require.
February 9, 2007
The Freudian farce Unconscious is paced so breathlessly that it keeps you panting to keep up with each new plot twist.
February 9, 2007
Even with nothing more redeeming than a lot of good one-liners, Unconscious has a charm that your ego, superego and id can all enjoy.
February 8, 2007
Are the Spanish the only ones these days able to make movie comedies that are smart, sexy, wacky and graceful all at once?
February 6, 2007
The movie's message is clear: Freud's greatest contribution to society was not the idea that all little boys long to sleep with their mothers -- rather, it's the concept of the unconscious, a hidden place where our secret desires yearn to be free.
January 24, 2007
The film is so opulently and noisily aestheticized it gives the illusion of being smarter than it is, though it benefits from some endearing performances.
January 11, 2007
one of the most visually stunning and original movies to come along in a while.
December 29, 2006
Spanish writer/director Joaquin Oristell brings 2006 to a mostly delightful close with Unconscious, a clever and sweetly risqu period farce brimming with frothy charm and tongue-in-cheek wit.
December 29, 2006
[Director Joaquin] Oristrell's comedic sense only seems to succeed in spurts, and he often burdens the proceedings with a theatrical and contrived air that undermines the humor.
December 7, 2006
If necessary, just see it twice: Read it the first time, watch it the second.
October 7, 2006
With a little more sex and a little more comedy, this one could have really been something.
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