21 Grams Reviews

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January 9, 2018
21 Grams soars into the chilly empyrean of first-class film-making by virtue of the most traditional of values: sympathetic characters and clever plotting.
March 16, 2004
A bleak, rather obvious melodrama disguised by a tricksy, time-splicing structure.
December 26, 2003
Challenges and provokes in unexpected ways.
December 26, 2003
[An]uncommonly ambitious, superbly acted, frustratingly flawed drama.
December 26, 2003
Establishes [Inarritu] as a major cinematic force.
December 26, 2003
You won't soon forget the world that Gonzalez Inarritu creates.
December 26, 2003
Fascinating because of the way the story is told -- and because of the existential issues that it forces you to consider.
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.
December 25, 2003
This is a mesmerizing film that is the work of genius.
December 25, 2003
Every year needs a challenging masterwork, a movie that defies filmmaking convention and leaves an indelible mark on the collective psyche.
December 25, 2003
One of the most riveting and moving experiences of the year, a movie of aching soulfulness and transforming power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 26, 2003
It grips us, moves us, astonishes us.
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.
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