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21 Grams Reviews

December 26, 2003
Challenges and provokes in unexpected ways.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 26, 2003
[An]uncommonly ambitious, superbly acted, frustratingly flawed drama.
December 26, 2003
Establishes [Inarritu] as a major cinematic force.
Read More | Original Score: A+
December 26, 2003
You won't soon forget the world that Gonzalez Inarritu creates.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 26, 2003
Fascinating because of the way the story is told -- and because of the existential issues that it forces you to consider.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 25, 2003
The performances, the way Inarritu deconstructs and reconstructs the narrative, the grainy, gritty feel and look, all lead to the rare sort of experience that only a truly great film can offer.
Read More | Original Score: A+
December 25, 2003
This is a mesmerizing film that is the work of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 25, 2003
Every year needs a challenging masterwork, a movie that defies filmmaking convention and leaves an indelible mark on the collective psyche.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 25, 2003
One of the most riveting and moving experiences of the year, a movie of aching soulfulness and transforming power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 29, 2003
Is the strategy to make you work so hard to determine where you are in the timeline that you overlook what a dreary and conventional little soap opera this is?
November 28, 2003
This is cinematic storytelling of a very high order, and the clear work of a moviemaker who has almost instantly established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 28, 2003
Though not depressing, because nothing this good is, the film is haunting -- a walk on the razor's edge between life and death.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 26, 2003
If not for its show-offy back-and- forthing of time, the movie would be a banal, pointlessly depressing exercise.
November 26, 2003
Tough, smart, relentless, provocative and, above all, serious.
November 26, 2003
Watching it is a wrenching experience; the usual layers of distance between actors and audience are stripped away, and we not only watch their anguish, but become part of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2003
Inarritu and Arriaga's first English-language film doesn't approach the brilliance of Amores Perros, but it succeeds on a more modest scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2003
It grips us, moves us, astonishes us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 25, 2003
This may be the most brilliantly made movie of the year. But you don't enjoy 21 Grams, you recover from it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 25, 2003
Boasts so many moments of sublime acting that it's hard to know where to start.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 25, 2003
Confounded my high expectations by being much too depressing for my taste.
November 25, 2003
Blessed with one of the strongest casts of any American movie this year, this bravura film, with its radical structure, is full of risk and reward.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 22, 2003
Watching Penn and Del Toro (and, to a lesser extent, the actually young and actually beautiful Watts) navigate the recesses of these damaged, ambivalent characters ... is pretty much worth the price of admission.
November 21, 2003
A good movie which just misses being great.
November 21, 2003
Using the structure of Amores Perros, Inarritu takes his complex tale of hope and redemption and breaks it into a mosaic of emotional tiles that add up to more than the whole.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 21, 2003
The title refers to the weight -- perhaps the soul -- the body is said to lose at the precise moment of death. But 21 Grams has no shortage of soul, wit or intelligence.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2003
Unstintingly explores and exposes excruciating pain, raw grief, ruinous vengeance and life-affirming resilience, creating human portraits that are uncommonly exhilarating in their honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 20, 2003
Watts, Penn and Del Toro have all been brilliant before, and if we're lucky, they will all be brilliant again. But to watch these three -- working alone and in tandem -- is to experience the strange, at times frightening alchemy of screen acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 20, 2003
A movie that wallows so profoundly in its own misery that watching it is like atoning for some sin you didn't commit.
November 20, 2003
You won't see more explosive acting this year.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2003
The three leads are superb, as are Melissa Leo and Charlotte Gainsbourg in supporting roles.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2003
Watts, who has the most difficult scenes, is splendidly mercurial; what's surprising is that those professional storm clouds Penn and Del Toro are here as powerfully restrained as she is electrifying.
November 18, 2003
It's one of those motion pictures that haunts your thoughts and won't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 17, 2003
This film has great performances all around, especially from Naomi Watts in maybe her best role yet.
November 12, 2003
It's a startlingly crafted movie, with several extraordinary performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 28, 2003
You won't come out unaffected, because the depths of intimacy that the Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu plumbs here are so rarely touched by filmmakers that 21 Grams is tantamount to the discovery of a new country.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 8, 2003
A sad movie about the irony of inescapable destiny, it left me captivated and trembling.
September 10, 2003
This movie knocks you out with an astonishing blend of hyper-realism, visual complexity and powerful themes.