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4 (Chetyre) Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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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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
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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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 6, 2006
The terminally bleak meets the hypnotically beautiful in the Russian cryptogram 4, directed by the newcomer Ilya Khrzhanovsky.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 6, 2006
In spite of a handful of striking images, 4 never resolves into anything special.
| Original Score: C
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 4, 2006
Although Khrzhanovsky has several tricks up his sleeve, 4's most provocative quality is its ironic surplus of beauty.