21 Grams Reviews

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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.
November 25, 2003
Boasts so many moments of sublime acting that it's hard to know where to start.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 20, 2003
The three leads are superb, as are Melissa Leo and Charlotte Gainsbourg in supporting roles.
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.
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.
October 28, 2003
You won't come out unaffected, because the depths of intimacy that the Mexican director Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu plumbs here are so rarely touched by filmmakers that 21 Grams is tantamount to the discovery of a new country.
Top Critic
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.
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