ANIARA Reviews

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May 22, 2019
For those onboard with its relentless, brutal fatalism, Aniara is remarkable.
May 17, 2019
A corker of an ending kind of makes up for long stretches of nothingness, and if you can make it to the end, there is a reward. This is one strange trip.
May 17, 2019
It's a wildly ambitious film that punches above its weight visually, but could use one more edit to trim some of the fat.
May 17, 2019
It's a piquant setup and something of an existential exercise, pitting hope against the torturous throes of not knowing.
May 17, 2019
A gripping and unpredictable space ride.
May 17, 2019
[A] spectacular debut of great emotional and intellectual depth, of immense narrative scope and scale, and of gorgeous visual artistry.
May 17, 2019
It's a grim vision, sure. But it's a compelling one too, using the flash of a space opera to remind viewers that - whether on the ground or in the stars - we're stuck with each other.
May 17, 2019
Stylish and thought-provoking take on societal breakdown. Fans of "High-Rise" and "Lord of the Flies" might want to take a look.
May 17, 2019
Despite frequent moments of psychological intensity, the film's earliest scenes have a deadpan quality.
May 16, 2019
Aniara is a curious and transfixing mixture of fatalism and optimism that's highly critical of both extremities.
May 16, 2019
Viewers, like the characters aboard the transport ship, may find themselves waiting, patiently or with resignation, for it to all come to an end.
May 16, 2019
The spaceship is an existential trap like in a J.G. Ballard novel, and the ending might not be entirely satisfying, but it's not a cheat.
May 16, 2019
Mostly, this is a movie that simulates the experience of losing the will to live, a daunting premise even for the bravest voyagers.
May 15, 2019
For a film that's about decades of interstellar aimlessness, Aniara seems hopelessly rushed and superficial.
May 15, 2019
It's a brutalizing watch, but a rewarding one.
May 15, 2019
"Aniara" has an intriguing premise, and it's even fascinating at times, but despite an excellent production design, it never gets off the ground even as it speeds through the cosmos.
May 13, 2019
The filmmakers are interested in world building only as a pretext for maintaining a tone of non-contemplative ennui.
May 7, 2019
Smart but as bleak as only the Swedes could make it.
April 24, 2019
"Aniara" is at once grounded and philosophical, fantastical and banal.
September 26, 2018
Aniara is astonishingly ambitious, an unlikely emotional rollercoaster anchored by a beautifully-realized protagonist who manages to maintain hope and optimism without being a Pollyanna.
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