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The Lost City of Z Reviews

April 24, 2017
Miller's riveting, heartfelt portrayal etches a delicate picture underneath the colorful, wild portrait of Fawcett - of the losses suffered at home in service of greater ambitions and fantastical dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 22, 2017
Although The Lost City of Z held my interest, it felt like a missed opportunity. Like too many biographical movies, this one tries to do too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2017
There is an unexploitative, unsensational grounding to the whole affair that lends it dignity, but that doesn't quite justify the 140-minute runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 21, 2017
The never-ending jungle proves perfectly suited to the filmmaker's lush, operatic aesthetic, as does the film's central theme of escaping one's background, through whatever means necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 21, 2017
It's a bold journey and it's a little bonkers, but like Fawcett, "The Lost City of Z" is admirable in its resilience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 20, 2017
Hunnam expertly conveys Fawcett's bravery, spirit and sometimes reckless nature. At times we sense even he knows he might never find absolute proof of the City of Z - but he'll die trying if he must.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2017
The Lost City of Z eschews multiplex formulae in favour of the jungle of the mind, a much more fertile place to explore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2017
The movie is long, but never slow, even as it leaves ample time to survey the breathtaking vistas captured by cinematographer Darius Khondji.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2017
Gray is making the type of intelligent movies that no major studio will currently invest in. It's their artistic loss and our gain as Amazon and other streaming services step in to fill the gap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2017
Writer-director James Gray stages all this with an impressive sense of narrative scale.
April 20, 2017
If you long for a film in the tradition of such grown-up entertainments as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The English Patient," this is one to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2017
A throwback to the good old days when adventure movies had riveting performances, gorgeous camerawork and the ability to tell stories that made sense, The Lost City of Z holds attention and keeps you fascinated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2017
The movie is 141 minutes long but you rarely feel its weight; that's how confident a filmmaker Gray has become.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2017
Gray expertly shows the massiveness of these undertakings ... and also the spirit of adventure required of someone who knows nature can't be tamed but can't stop trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2017
Film by film, Gray is becoming a truer, more effective version of the filmmaker inside him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2017
To really appreciate "The Lost City of Z," it would help not to consider its hero a complete idiot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2017
The jungle scenes, shot in the Colombian rain forest, convey an oppressive sense of an alien land where Fawcett and his teams of fellow explorers are unwelcome intruders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2017
With its bluff, romantic resuscitation of the cinema's classic adventure-tale genre and tone, it's perhaps Gray's most radical attempt at abstraction and displacement.
April 14, 2017
The Lost City of Z is a miraculous movie, at once moving, intimidating, and gorgeous to behold.
April 14, 2017
You can feel in this film, as you can in Herzog's best movies, the ethereal pull that the uncanny can exert on a man.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 14, 2017
Hunnam's performance is charming and lived in, easily the best work he's ever done, and scene for scene, this is a splendid film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 14, 2017
An incandescent reminder that the world's most beautiful mysteries endure precisely because they remain unsolved.
April 13, 2017
This rambling, repetitive production tells its tale dispassionately, with sententious speeches and ruminative murmurs.
April 13, 2017
By all means, go see "The Lost City of Z" - I wouldn't have missed it. But spare a thought for all the less celebrated characters in it ...
April 13, 2017
As Fawcett presses on, walking and sailing through dense shadow, streaming light and canopies of variegated green, the natural world comes fantastically alive with strange animal cries, stirring trees, roiling fog and frighteningly violent eddies.
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April 13, 2017
The Lost City of Z is neither Indiana Jones escapism nor a Malick-like reverie about nature, but something in between, a more grounded and troubled vision of human aspirations and imperfections.
Top Critic
April 13, 2017
Given Fawcett's trailblazing achievements -- and Gray's choice to film in difficult circumstances deep in the Colombian jungle -- the film is oddly restrained.
April 13, 2017
What begins as an old-fashioned adventure tale subtly, almost imperceptibly morphs into something far richer, more mysterious and cosmic. By the time you realize the transformation has occurred, the movie has you in its clutches, and it doesn't let go.
April 13, 2017
"The Lost City of Z" is a real find.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2017
Pictures with the grand sweep and dreamy energy of The Lost City of Z don't come along every year-they barely come along at all.
April 13, 2017
The cast is terrific, with a revelatory turn from Charlie Hunnam as Fawcett; the handsome English actor brings so much poise to the role that one can't help but think that he's been getting the wrong scripts for most of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 12, 2017
The Lost City of Z may, like early films by Gray, leave some thirsting for more swashbuckling adventure. But if you let the ebb and flow of the Fawcetts' lives drift over you, the movie is a wellspring.
Top Critic
April 12, 2017
The Lost City of Z is so jarringly out of step with summer blockbuster season that watching it feels like discovering a relic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 12, 2017
It's Gray's careful choices as a director that truly star here, from the classically infused score by frequent collaborator Christopher Spelman to the inspiring shots of remote Colombia captured by his frequent director of photography, Darius Khondji.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2017
Everyone, including Hunnam and Pattinson, brings their A-game to James Gray's haunting and visionary journey into the heart of Amazonian darkness, a potent provocation that gets under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2017
Gray, even as he pushes at the edges of what is filmable, never loses his capacity for creating moments of rapturous beauty. See this thing on the biggest screen you can find.
April 11, 2017
The Lost City of Z(ed) isn't as expansive as you might initially wish but still pulls you in and along.
April 10, 2017
"The Lost City of Z" is beautiful, mournful, and measured. But the tale that it tells cries out for madness.
March 16, 2017
The grandeur of this movie is off the charts. For a certain kind of old-school film fan, someone who believes in shapely, classical proportions and an epic yarn told over time, it will be the revelation of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 16, 2016
A rare piece of contemporary classical cinema; its virtues of methodical storytelling, traditional style and obsessive theme are ones that would have been recognized and embraced anytime from the 1930s through the 1970s.
October 16, 2016
It makes no major dramatic missteps, yet it could have used an added dimension - something to make the two-hour-and-20-minute running time feel like a transformative journey rather than an epic anecdotal crusade.
October 15, 2016
An attempt at an entirely different kind of film for Gray, and the results are revelatory and expansive while also true to his own complicated creative character.