Aloft Reviews

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February 1, 2018
All that Aloft wants to do is to tell a story about a son and his mother, surrounding it with spiritual themes and metaphors involving falconry. [Full review in Spanish]
October 11, 2017
When the film is over, the story seems rather less interesting than it might have been had it played out more conventionally, though it also seems unfinished.
August 24, 2017
Aloft may have arisen from some unique personal mythology of maternalism, but it's brought down by abridgment, freezing out the feeling of whatever tragic pietà its maker may intend.
August 21, 2017
The characters feel like sketches, and the pace never deviates from its steady course.
August 2, 2017
While Iñárritu's work usually boasts some compensatory visual delight, this film drifts on its twenty-year timeline in a sepia-toned, handheld series of close-ups that look less gritty than just plain bad.
March 1, 2016
Aloft can sometimes be too slow-paced and enigmatic for its own good, the presence of these two actors helps to elevate Llosa's film to a higher level of cinematic prowess.
February 25, 2016
Aloft keeps us at a distance -- a problem for a film about spirituality that gives little critique or insight into the mythical healing process it is about.
November 12, 2015
A sad and dreamy drama with many New Age touches and a fondness for lingering over barren tundra that stands as a metaphor for its sense of loss.
November 5, 2015
It's bleak and beautiful at the same time.
November 5, 2015
An atmospheric but vague movie that functions like a therapy session, counseling acceptance and forgiveness via a storyline that seems pinched and forced in relation to the wide open spaces of the images.
August 24, 2015
For much of the film, the audience is busy connecting dots between the two storylines to figure out what happened between mother and son. But the lines that get drawn are unsatisfying.
August 20, 2015
... a beautiful slog, a needlessly complicated allegory that supplies us with some fraught falcon imagery and a couple of affecting moments before evaporating before our eyes, leaving us with the vague suspicion that we've missed some larger point.
July 24, 2015
A story that's meant to be about profoundly heartbreaking life moments somehow winds up feeling purely theoretical.
July 10, 2015
Just when you're ready for "Aloft" to take wing, it ends.
July 3, 2015
Vague, unsatisfying, emotionally distant parable about family tragedy and the healing power of art.
July 2, 2015
Connelly, with her signature brand of serene toughness, does tragedy very well, but she doesn't really have a character to play here; just an endless series of tight close-ups and troubled expressions.
June 25, 2015
Aloft's characters exude a certain impregnability, and the story's structure only further distances us from them.
June 25, 2015
Doesn't work as a whole, but it's wise enough where it counts, briefly understanding the sophistication of grief, relationships, and guilt.
June 18, 2015
It's turgid, inert, pretentious claptrap, so incoherent that you'll learn more from the studio's synopsis on IMDb than from actually seeing it.
June 18, 2015
A largely incomprehensible story told in a painfully lugubrious, structurally fractured fashion...it's likely to leave you cold--as well as bewildered.
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