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21 Grams Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
December 20, 2003
The film tries to sound ponderous in matters of death and fate, but achieves only the level of art-house pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
The structure simply doesn't let any of the characters build an arc of growth or despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Heilman
September 16, 2003
The presence of God's (or the director's) grand scheme is so apparent that it undermines the movie's time spent grappling with faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 47/50
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 26, 2003
A capital-M movie, and the most flagrant kind: Heavy emotion, heavy style, and lite philosophy converge and choke us with meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 26, 2003
If not for its show-offy back-and- forthing of time, the movie would be a banal, pointlessly depressing exercise.
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
November 29, 2003
It's less a narrative than a fistful of puzzle pieces thrown at an audience forced to fit them together.
November 21, 2003
See this for the conversations it's bound to generate and the terrific performances by the three stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... a hurricane of melodrama and implausibly accelerating crises that seem orchestrated merely to turn up the intensity. ... At 125 minutes, [it] feels more like 240.
| Original Score: C
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
December 8, 2003
Devolves into pretentious, po-faced soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
21 Grams thrashes wildly...exhorting us to feel something. Apart from the fleeting satisfaction of its structural parlor game, I felt little...save exhausted boredom.
| Original Score: 1/5
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
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The story never grabbed me, and the jumps in narrative time seemed arbitrary, soon becoming a distressing obstacle rather than a narrative lynchpin. Not as good as it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Mckay
February 21, 2004
Could stand to lose at least 21 minutes-the film implodes under the somber weight of its own pretentiousness
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 15, 2003
The film's images are whorishly cluttered with religious iconography and spiritual rhetoric but González Iñárritu hardly allows these codes to mirror a collective humanity's existential bewilderment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
December 15, 2003
The movie crushes its characters under its foot, then steps back and wants you to look at the mess and admire it.
Nev Pierce
March 16, 2004
A bleak, rather obvious melodrama disguised by a tricksy, time-splicing structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 7, 2003
Pretty solid as an exercise in style but thematically unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
November 29, 2003
High-powered performances don't make this anything more than a muddled, grainy gimmick.
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Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
December 18, 2003
In its intended but self defeating form, 21 grams amounts to two hours of miserable tedium.
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