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Emanuel Levy
July 11, 2011
Stylistically bold, impressive feature debut about creative youth
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 18, 2008
Reprise alternately shows punk energy, library hush and comic anxiety. And despite ominous portents, the ending is cockeyed optimistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 30, 2008
Trier is having more fun in the editing room than his story requires and he'd be well advised to spend more time in the deeper development and dramatic elements of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 1, 2008
This story about two aspiring writers in their early 20s has the fearlessness and vivacity of a first novel, and its playful approach to chronology and voice-over narration serves to amplify its themes instead of coming off as a show-off trick.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 28, 2008
This is that rare film where a daring style is connected to real substance, and that's an exciting thing to experience in a first-time director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 28, 2008
Although there's no romantic triangle as in Francois Truffaut's classic 1961 film Jules and Jim, it seems obvious that film was an influence here.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 28, 2008
Reprise is an ordinary tale of post-adolescent angst that would benefit from a cleaner plot line, clearer characterizations and more intriguing situations.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 25, 2008
I realized the movie had lost me when it occurred to me that after spending many minutes with Phillip and Erik, I had no interest in reading any novel that either of them might have written.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 25, 2008
... film full of wry comments and textural gestures - Trier mixes film stock and references to MTV-style jump cuts and the French New Wave (Truffaut's Jules and Jim is an obvious point of reference) to the extent that the pyrotechnics threaten to b
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
July 12, 2008
Its fresh opening combined with the satisfying resolution in the final 20 minutes help to compensate for a fizzling mid-section.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
July 3, 2008
As auspicious -- and breathless -- a debut as Reservoir Dogs was for Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
June 27, 2008
Like Jules and Jim or Band of Outsiders blended with A Hard Day's Night.
| Original Score: a-
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 20, 2008
Reprise is not just about engaging with or surviving through the creative instinct. It is that instinct.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Mohan
June 20, 2008
Reprise is about negotiating the path from reckless youth to ambitious adulthood as much as it's about the craft of fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 20, 2008
[Trier] sometimes lapses into the literary clichés he aims to ridicule.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 19, 2008
It's not exactly breaking new ground, but the material has a real ring of truth to it. However, it should be said that this Norwegian import is also a bit sullen, which means it will be an acquired taste for some audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2008
If you are young, male and dream of making a name for yourself in the arts, Reprise is about the joys and sufferings of that quest: It is a Jules and Jim for the punk-rock generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David N. Butterworth
June 12, 2008
The highs and lows of getting one's first book published are intricately and delightfully examined in Norwegian director Joachim Trier's mature feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 9, 2008
There's less than meets the eye to Joachim Trier's Reprise, but the loose, limber visual style gives the picture a certain panache.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Beth Accomando
June 8, 2008
Joachim Trier's brash cinematic sampling draws on diverse sources yet it spins something defiantly fresh and original.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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