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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 27, 2010
It's a unique work of disturbing character poetry, though it may be a little too disturbing.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 20, 2010
Darkly funny, haunting, and perhaps hopeful...there's a keen sense of absurdism (and in Agnès Godard's brilliant photography a sort of surrealist realism, if there is such a thing) in the circumstances. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 15, 2010
Home is the engaging, darkly funny, surreal story of what happens when people who have thrived by keeping civilization at a safe distance suddenly find themselves pushed right back into its headlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
What happens would not make sense in many households, but in this one, it represents a certain continuity, and confirms deep currents we sensed almost from the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 3, 2010
This suburban horror tale of a family's disintegration once modern life begins encroaching is reminiscent of such films as "The Cement Garden"...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 2, 2010
Moving from the richly filled, quiet life of Marthe and her clan to the hell that the road brings, the story...has a unique arc and is a true family tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 18, 2010
Gradually the movie turns into an ironic assault on the inconvenient nature of civilization's conveniences.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2009
Though the cautionary symbolism is clear here, the committee-written film (there were five scribes including Meier), smartly keeps its message quotient in check.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 1, 2009
A surrealistic look at a family thrown onto the chopping block of modern technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
November 30, 2009
This original but overlong fable about a family menaced by industrial progress captures fears about a planet out of control.
Nora Lee Mandel
November 29, 2009
Eases down the road from an intimate family portrait to a disturbing environmental-disaster fable with a harrowing credibility that has more depth than most apocalypses.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
November 25, 2009
Working with all-star DP Agnès Godard, Meier effectively communicates the sense of upended privacy.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 25, 2009
The performers manage to overcome Meier's schematic framework-too "modern-day fairy tale" for its own good-though the director clearly knows which collaborators and elements to enlist for game-raising purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 25, 2009
Filmmaker Meier takes a clever look at family life by placing the characters in a surreal location and then twisting things outrageously
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rob Nelson
September 1, 2009
Director Ursula Meier generally distinguishes her feature debut by not pushing elements to melodramatic or farcical extremes.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 11, 2009
It's a nightmare metaphor for the horrors of the modern world, but will seem like everyday reality to anyone living around Heathrow or any motorway.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 11, 2009
A kind of anti-road movie, the first half is a genial rural snapshot but, when that bypass opens, the wheels come off and things take a turn for the surreal and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 7, 2009
A deeply disconcerting provocation about the future of civilisation: a powerfully performed vision of an insignificant humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 7, 2009
A first film of laudable ambition and Meier's directorial confidence suggests promise for the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Toby Young
Times (UK)
August 7, 2009
It would have been more effective if Meier had exercised less restraint and allowed her characters to spin out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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