Mister Lonely (2007)
Critic Consensus: Less biting or offensive than Korine's earlier works, this frustratingly dull film still maintains the director's trademark odd beauty.
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Critic Reviews for Mister Lonely
Korine has found an evocative subject, but he remains entirely too cavalier in this attitude towards narrative coherence.
In contrast to the grimy and occasionally grotesque Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), this drama has a more gentle, Felliniesque feel.
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.
A movie that goes to extraordinary lengths to say ordinary things.
Korine falls so thoroughly in love with many of his images, including his opening shot, that he stretches them out in hypnotic slow motion.
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.
Audience Reviews for Mister Lonely
Very quirky, strange, and somber (almost dream-like), with sporadic moments of greatness. Harmony Korine's "Mr. Lonely" is a gem and unlike anything else out there. Sure, it lacks any sort of cohesion or common logic, but every now and then a film can throw these staples of cinema out the window and still deliver a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. This film does just that, and that's no easy feat.
Uh, it was all right. I didn't exactly understand it, and it's too super indie for me, without being cutesy.
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