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Reprise Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 23, 2008
The cinema is an ideal medium for considering characters like those in "Reprise," but you'd have to see Jules and Jim to find out why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
May 5, 2008
Norwegian auteur Joachim Trier isn't a close relative of Lars von Trier, but his debut feature film bares the characteristics of an ambitious if overreaching young filmmaker taunting his elders to scold him for his audacity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 6, 2008
The jagged energy of this film's opening and closing moments leave you wondering where it might have gone and what it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Tony Medley
May 23, 2008
Told in the subjunctive, this psuedo-existential hogwash, with two protagonists I didn't give a fig about, gives a new meaning to the word 'slow'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2008
The movie is enjoyable for its flashy surfaces--the witty editing, the narrative forecasting, the droll omniscient voice-over--but as drama it seems superficial.
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
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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
May 14, 2008
...both showy and precious.... On top of that, it feels like self-consciously warmed over Godard, with traces of Run, Lola, Run tossed in.
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
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 6, 2008
The word 'Reprise' may mean recurrence, but Trier's fleet, joyously intellectual film comes at us like anything but a retread.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 15, 2008
A savage, funny, tender, tragic and strangely beautiful riff on being young and growing up in a broken world.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 22, 2008
A kinetic delight, Reprise comes from director Joachim Trier, born in Denmark but raised in Oslo, Norway, and it's a highlight of the filmgoing year so far.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 16, 2008
It's a fine film by any standard, on any scale.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 19, 2008
They really get the young writers and that enthusiasm, but then also that heartbreak.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 19, 2007
The plot is pretty simple, and the depiction of the jumbled, impatient world in which the friends travel is believable.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 15, 2008
That rare debut in which self-conscious formal daring proves exhilarating rather than excruciating.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 16, 2008
An exuberant, exhilaratingly playful testament to being young and hungry â" for life and meaning and immortality, and for other young and restless bodies â" Reprise is a blast of unadulterated movie pleasure.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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