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21 Grams Reviews

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Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
January 21, 2004
It demands a great deal of actors whose faces and bodies are, for a while at least, our only temporal coordinates. Yet all are off-the-charts remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
January 21, 2004
Just go see it.
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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 16, 2004
Iñárritu is dealing with love, grief and revenge in provocative ways that Hollywood would never dream of, avoiding the sermons and obvious morals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 15, 2004
A puzzle at first, but by half way you may have figured it out, then it's a wait until the end. Character's struggles with his or her course harsh reality is aptly realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 15, 2004
A trio of noteworthy performances from Watts, Del Toro, and Penn is countered by lengthy, drawn-out, non-linear storytelling that guts the film's dramatic impact.
| Original Score: 6/10
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 13, 2004
After the disorienting first half hour, things get less interesting as they become clearer.
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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 12, 2004
Naomi Watts covers a wide emotional range and is always believable, regardless of what is in the script, and some of what is in the script is very hard to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Keyes
January 12, 2004
...so stirring, so inquisitive and so uninhibited by the restraints of cinema that it absorbed me in ways that few movies ever have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 11, 2004
a deeply spiritual film, dealing as it does with the core issues of life and death and the role God plays in them
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 9, 2004
'Iñárritu y Arriaga crean una historia trepidante, poderosa y profundamente humana'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 9, 2004
The film knows nothing about the muscular reflex of flinching, but it's vividly knowledgeable of all other elements of the body - the physical and mental, life and death.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
January 5, 2004
Superb performances by Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, and Naomi Watts highlight "21 Grams," Alejandro González Iñárritu's electrifying follow-up to "Amores Perros."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 2, 2004
A moving, artful matrix of distantly connected decisions, interlaced themes and parallel images . . . smart editing and powerful performances.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 31, 2003
Storytelling technique is only the first thing that grabs your attention
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 31, 2003
When you're dealing with [many films], you know it's just Hollywood junk... 21 Grams aspired to be more, which makes its failure that much more disappointing.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
December 30, 2003
A devastating and weighty picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
December 30, 2003
A skin-deep achievement that falls apart at the seams
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 29, 2003
Covers much of the same scorching emotional terrain found in a Joan Crawford romantic noir or a Lars von Trier film, but without acknowledging the melodrama at its core...
| Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
December 28, 2003
A very good movie...but I have to be honest about one thing: I don't know that I would actually recommend this film to anyone. An utterly depressing piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fred Topel
December 27, 2003
Bounce meets Return to Me meets Traffic meets Memento.This is not about making you think.It's about begging to be considered above standard drama.
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