Battle in Heaven Reviews

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April 27, 2019
A simultaneously austere and visceral work, one steeped in mystery and longing.
April 26, 2019
Reygadas casts non-actor Marcos Hernandez [as the lead]. It's a gamble that pays off; Hernandez imbues the role with a placid quality of a character lifted from the pages of Albert Camus.
August 24, 2017
Despite the unpleasant looking sex, there is something about these scenes that is strangely moving.
February 9, 2014
The pic's strangeness becomes its strength.
November 19, 2013
But how can you resist a filmmaker who uses an old Spanish saeta as if it was an unpublished Ennio Morricone theme? Is real beauty ever pure?
April 6, 2010
Since premiering at Cannes the movie has become notorious for its shocking, emphatically unerotic sex scenes, though it's equally notable for its striking visual conceits and small moments of intense feeling.
September 17, 2007
No amount of thoughtful dissection can make up for the unpleasant, uncomfortable and unnecessary experience of actually sitting through the thing.
July 2, 2007
rich in allegorical theme and symbolic imagery, transforming the most banal of materials into miraculous epiphanies... but all too aimlessly hypnotic to get a firm grip on the viewer's attention.
March 1, 2007
The outcome often amounts to an impressive slideshow instead of a fluid, substantial piece of work that involves and challenges us.
August 24, 2006
Reygadas proves that rare filmmaker interested in tackling both the personal and the political through expressly confrontational means.
July 8, 2006
Reygadas' direction seems to wander from time to time, as when Marcos walks around in the hills for long minutes without a purpose, but he always brings it back home. He's a perplexing, but voraciously talented filmmaker to watch.
May 12, 2006
Reygadas' artful but ponderous camerawork succeeds only in turning the intimately exploitative ... into something emotionally distant and stupefyingly dull.
May 6, 2006
he film's pallid emotional tone, which is in sync with the constancy of the dull gray sky overhead, can make it a hard story to embrace.
April 21, 2006
Insufferably arty, polemic and winkingly provocative.
April 14, 2006
There is a stillness to the film that is initially fascinating, but it wears thin quickly.
April 5, 2006
The only battle I had was deciding whether to watch the whole movie or get out while the getting was good. Unfortunately, I opted to stay to see if it got better... it didn't.
April 1, 2006
There's more to this controversial and aesthetically cold film than just its explicit sex scenes. Honest.
March 31, 2006
A spectacular failure, despite further evidence of the director's keen eye and bold cinematic ideas.
March 31, 2006
Art with a capital A. Don't be afraid. OK, be a little afraid.
March 24, 2006
If you dare to see it, prepare for a challenge.
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