Aloft Reviews

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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.
July 10, 2015
Just when you're ready for "Aloft" to take wing, it ends.
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 11, 2015
Llosa's film pushes its enigmatic and quietly brooding qualities to the point that it's inaccessible, despite some mildly intriguing spiritual story elements and skilled performances ...
June 11, 2015
The majority of the film strives for ethereal lyricism but the melodrama of these lives never proves strong enough to anchor any real emotional connection.
June 5, 2015
Some movies practically dare you to give up. "Aloft" is a beautifully shot, frustratingly vague and deeply ponderous mystery/spiritual journey about terminally unhappy souls.
June 4, 2015
The truth is elusive, and so is Aloft. Maybe viewers will figure it out cleaner than this reviewer did. And maybe the best answers aren't served on platters.
June 4, 2015
A film for true believers: people who can accept - or at least wrestle with - the idea that God (or whatever) can ask you to do things that you and yours cannot understand, or give you a gift that's good only for other people.
June 4, 2015
It's a meditative and intriguing tale filled with mystical imagery that never reveals all of its secrets. That's a good thing.
June 4, 2015
The story doesn't add up to much, but the stark natural imagery and frank discussions of spiritual longing leave strong impressions.
June 4, 2015
The characters in "Aloft" seem to float over their strong passions, like birds riding on columns of air, without ever alighting.
May 28, 2015
One problem with "Aloft" is that the audience is never made to care about Ivan. All we know is that he's repellent.
May 22, 2015
"Adrift" is a more fitting title for this unmoored and glacially paced star vehicle, which prizes exasperating inscrutability over effective storytelling.
May 22, 2015
Aloft is ultimately a movie about our need to keep moving and searching. And at times, it's quite a lovely one.
May 21, 2015
For all its brooding atmosphere and visual poeticism, the film offers a perspective on the lives of its characters that feels narrow and superficial.
May 21, 2015
"Aloft" sets up a compelling mystery - how could a loving mother abandon her son? - and then, frustratingly, refuses to solve it.
Top Critic
May 21, 2015
The entire flashback structure is building toward one of those twist endings that the characters would already know, but that's being deliberately withheld from the audience in an attempt at suspense.
May 21, 2015
Like a car mirror warning that objects may be closer than they appear, director Claudia Llosa's chilly New Age drama gives off a deceptive sense of depth.
May 21, 2015
Deep - deep! - in this impenetrable block of ice is an actual, OK story. But the patience it takes to get to it? The return on investment just isn't there.
Top Critic
May 21, 2015
Even those incapable of getting ahead of the film's big reveal ... will probably lose interest before all the cards are laid on the table. What's really been withheld, in this dreary drag of a movie, is a reason to care.
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