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Mister Lonely Reviews

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Alissa Wilkinson
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2016
Besotted with its own playfulness, Mister Lonely gives off the distinct impression that it was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5

National Post
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It's movies like this that the art house was made for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 6, 2008
This film may be Korine's most accessible as a director, featuring characters, images, and situations that are stirring and unforgettable -- even if they don't add up to a complete narrative or visual whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Fendelman
June 1, 2008
The film has a delicate and deliberate pace. While all the characters could be assigned symbolic motivations, most just seem like annoying and self-indulgent jokes within director Harmony Korine's eccentric point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2008
In contrast to the grimy and occasionally grotesque Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), this drama has a more gentle, Felliniesque feel.
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2008
Korine falls so thoroughly in love with many of his images, including his opening shot, that he stretches them out in hypnotic slow motion.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
A visually and conceptually mesmerizing and mystical movie.
Travis Nichols
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 15, 2008
The film is a paean to the imagination, but what keeps Mister Lonely from being just a self-indulgent flight of fancy is that Harmony Korine shows that even in Neverland, the suffering is real.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2008
Harmony Korine's films thrive on uncertain ground. Exiting the theater, you're never more aware that ten people can sit next to each other but see ten different films.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 15, 2008
He likes to shoot his actors from distances, so that they look a bit like the real McCoys. It's disappointing to find that they're not, but it's also even more intriguing to wonder: who are they, then?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 9, 2008
In its slightly comical, somewhat mordant, and completely ambient way, Mister Lonely wonders about the perils of idol worship, the way people can hand their entire selves over to a religion, be it Catholicism or celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
May 9, 2008
A colony of kooks where James Dean, Lincoln, Chaplin, Buckwheat, The Three Stooges and Little Red Riding Hood wannabes run amok in an Eldorado of wackos without ever quite losing their sanity, speaks euphorically to the many paths to personal liberation.
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Jim Ridley
L.A. Weekly
May 8, 2008
Movies tell the same stories over and over, but I know of only one that evokes mourned innocence in just a three-minute slow-motion shot of a Michael Jackson impersonator and a stuffed monkey aboard a clown bike.
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Andrew O'Hehir
May 7, 2008
[Harmony] Korine hasn't released a feature film in nine years, and his new Mister Lonely is richer and sweeter than anything he's ever made.
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
May 6, 2008
Fans of Korine's previous films shouldn't worry that their idol has sold out--Mister Lonely still marches to the beat of its own peculiar drummer.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 6, 2008
To purists and lovers of abstraction, challenge, and all things fringe, it may feel like a loss of authenticity. But to the larger mainstream audience, it simply makes art more accessible.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 2, 2008
In this fairy-tale of arrested development, Korine has created his most mature movie yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 30, 2008
This is undoubtedly a small movie, but it's also more than that: it's a small, imperfect world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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