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4 (Chetyre) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 27, 2014
An unusual but incomprehensible, offensive and tedious sci-fi film that depicts Russia as a place of squalor and its citizens as depressed alcoholics.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 5, 2013
Khrzhanovsky's film, written by acclaimed Russian novelist Vladimir Sorokin, looks great but has a shambolic, off-kilter feel that might not be entirely intentional, and is alternately tedious and shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 5, 2013
It's another blast of vibrant, vicious, gloomy electricity from the always-surprising Russian film scene, and the beginning of an important career.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 5, 2013
This 2004 debut feature by Russian director Ilya Khrzanovsky is puzzling, intriguing, and often compelling, apparently set in the present but magical and futuristic in tone.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 5, 2013
The sheer surfeit of ideas in 4's first half hour alone could fuel a dozen warped movies; presented in this kind of rush, they leave you agape.
Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago
November 5, 2013
Khrzhanovsky and screenwriter Vladimir Sorokin have both the grim ideas and the little sideways winks in perfect equilibrium in the brilliant first half hour of this strange film. The rest of the film is certainly memorable, if increasingly impenetrable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2012
Even if its reasoning remains illogical, it amounts to a demonstration of unbridled audacity.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The performances are so good and the images so darkly expressive that Khrzhanovsky's experiment with cinematic deconstructionism nearly works.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A film to experience rather than understand, this bleak blend of Dostoevsky and Peter Greenaway will fascinate those prepared to surrender to its macabre absurdism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
December 20, 2006
a malcontent mindbender
| Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2006
If your art film tastes lean toward orderliness and tidy metaphors, you could spend the two hours of Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky's fearless and mesmerizing debut feature.
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Time Out
September 30, 2006
Decidedly not for everyone, 4 is an incomparably unhinged act of disinterment, but it's also a fiercely willed feat of rebirth, raw and bloody and screamingly alive.
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
This film might have been less shambolic if Khrzhanovsky had decided whether he wanted to preclude or solicit his audience's involvement.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
September 15, 2006
The result is a teasing, if trying, exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
August 4, 2006
This seriously weird pic has a few flat stretches, but its bawdy comedy, bravura sound design and uncanny atmosphere will turn on auds with a taste for deeply oddball fare and baffle others.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 4, 2006
There's much in the movie that won't translate to audiences this side of the Volga, but there's also a humor and a fierce filmmaking intelligence that demand attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 13, 2006
A creepy, Lynchian dream-walk into the purgatory of human mass production
| Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
4 could be a gross-out phantasmagoria to test your cinematic stamina, or it could be a political commentary, though Khrjanovsky insists not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 10, 2006
The picture finally bogs down in a seemingly endless spectacle of grossness and ghoulishness.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 7, 2006
It's not always clear exactly what's happening in this dark tale, full of barking dogs and slabs of meat. But you won't be able to take your eyes from the screen; nor will you quickly forget this fiercely original eye-popper.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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