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A Room and a Half Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 23, 2010
An anecdotal jumble of scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
January 19, 2010
Ecstatically fanciful.
May 13, 2010
A Room And A Half is a cinematic masterpiece that brings fresh ideas from a wise old head to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2010
A fanciful and melancholy portrait of exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 6, 2010
The life of Joseph Brodsky, poet, memoirist, Nobel laureate, is reimagined in a two-hour intertwining of drama, animation and mock documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 6, 2010
True, [its] hustle and bustle sometimes feels like too much to take in at once, yet its heavy payload of literary quotations, philosophical argument and classical music is also perhaps an act of faith in an intelligent audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
January 20, 2010
A lively, dense and richly imaginative portrait not only of a great writer but also of the post-Second World War cultural world of the Soviet Union.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
January 15, 2010
The antithesis of the stiff, plodding biopic, A Room and a Half is the most persuasive film about a writer and his formative world since Before Night Falls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 20, 2010
A rich, heady fictionalized biography of the exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
January 28, 2010
without Khrzhanovskiy's artful vitality, Brodsky's life, at the very least, would have looked a dreadful bore and A Room and a Half wouldn't be half as wise or entertaining as it is.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 20, 2010
Director Andrey Khrzhanovsky is one of Russia's slyest animators -- as anarchic as Terry Gilliam was in his Python prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 21, 2010
Khrzhanovsky's tone is too whimsical at times, and his points about repression too leaden, but that often happens when a cartoonist dabbles in live-action. Anyway, Khrzhanovsky's approach improves the material far more than it hinders.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 6, 2010
This is a beautifully produced, historically astute and hugely affecting movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Wood
Little White Lies
May 6, 2010
Room and a Half offers an inventive and intimate portrait both of a great artist and of the post-Second World War cultural world of the Soviet Union.
| Original Score: 4/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 7, 2010
Part of the film's message is that we are all exiles -- banished, Housman-like, from the country of our past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 13, 2010
[An] extraordinary kaleidoscope of a film...
| Original Score: 4/5
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