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Attenberg Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 10, 2016
An incisive study of a marvelously unusual protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
After walking out of ATTENBERG, I couldn't decide if I really hated it, or really loved it. I still can't decide. ATTENBERG stretches the arthouse genre to "WTF!?"
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
For all the eccentricity, the film feels unexpectedly personal in addressing experiences everyone goes through at some point in their lives.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 5, 2013
Works somewhat as a perverse droll coming-of-age film
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kam Williams
June 16, 2012
Bittersweet, Greek coming-of-age drama about an inexperienced young woman who explores bisexuality while caring for her terminally-ill father.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
The face of actress Ariane Labed lifts this quiet, dour character study by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2012
Tsangari's art-house minimalism, which never lets us forget we're watching a movie, still permits a surprising degree of tender emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2012
Using occasional song-and-dance numbers with a melancholy Godardian kick, [Tsangari] creates a world that's off-center and alive with loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 30, 2012
Part of the film's success comes from Labed's performance as Marina, who infuses all that weirdness with a barely there vulnerability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
March 9, 2012
Attenberg gets down in the emotional muck where life, death and sex intertwine. And like those life experiences, watching it can be both awkward and poignant.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 8, 2012
"Attenberg" is a three-layered love story, anatomizing the mysterious emotions of grief, friendship and erotic attraction.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
March 8, 2012
Perpetually off-balance and maybe just a little too satisfied with its cynicism
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 8, 2012
The drama, at its core, is simple and conventional, but it has the aura of science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
March 6, 2012
Tsangari distinguishes herself from her predecessor's freak-show formalism with an underlying humanism and freewheeling playfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
March 6, 2012
A cracked coming-of-age tale set in a fading Greek seaside town.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 6, 2012
In that isolation, and in the marooned hopelessness of the protagonists, there is a hint that normal life may have become too much to cope with, and that its rules of engagement need to be learned afresh.
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Boyd van Hoeij
February 23, 2012
Attenberg remains a captivating and vaguely disturbing experience throughout.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 3, 2012
Sex, death, and an absurdist style come together in Greek film
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 7, 2011
Tsangari catalogues these men and women like butterflies pressed between the pages of an entomologist's journal, makes brief notes of each one's idiosyncrasies, and moves on to the next.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 5, 2011
The underlying idea is that life goes on whatever we do, that human beings are merely part (and not the most important one) of a larger ecological system involving the mineral, vegetable and animal world.
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