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Mister Lonely Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
May 30, 2008
Korine has found an evocative subject, but he remains entirely too cavalier in this attitude towards narrative coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2008
The film doesn't work, and indeed seems to have no clear idea of what its job is, and yet (sigh) there is the temptation to forgive its trespasses simply because it is utterly, if pointlessly, original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 30, 2008
A movie that goes to extraordinary lengths to say ordinary things.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 23, 2008
Like Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth, the film has overarching problems yet contains diamonds of clarity and inspiration that you won't find in any dozen movies. You'll have to mine for those diamonds, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
May 22, 2008
Korine's most lavishly produced pic to date begins as a sweet-tempered tale of social misfits-turned-celebrity impersonators, but falls short of its ambition to say something meaningful about the obsessive nature of celebrity culture.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
A visually and conceptually mesmerizing and mystical movie.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 16, 2008
Sporadically poetic but largely a chore to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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-
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2008
While it's full of arresting, indelible images, Mr. Lonely remains mostly on the level of abstraction. You get it but you don't always feel it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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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
Salon.com
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 2, 2008
Occasionally there is a striking image or a moment of wounded sweetness, but mainly the film provides ample proof that it's possible to be bizarre and boring at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 1, 2008
Mister Lonely has its moments of wonder and beauty, but the film is obscure by design, and meant to appeal to those who favor the alternative canon of directing greats.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 30, 2008
After Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy, the director Harmony Korine evinces a kind of integrity -- he tries never to entertain, and lo, he succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 30, 2008
I will end with the faint praise of Mister Lonely as the least offensive of the works in the Korine canon.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
April 30, 2008
Movies tell the same stories over and over, but I know of only one that evokes mourned innocence in just a three-minute shot of a clown bike.
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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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 28, 2008
The film is pretty ramshackle, full of obvious group improvisations that fail to spark and an overdose of bathos.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 14, 2008
Too long, not nearly as funny as it hopes, and some plot elements (what's with the sheep?) are extraneous to the improvised mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2007
It's never clear what it all means or even if it's supposed to mean anything. Music and silliness get the picture through to its circular ending.