Battle in Heaven Reviews

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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.
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.
March 31, 2006
A spectacular failure, despite further evidence of the director's keen eye and bold cinematic ideas.
March 24, 2006
Reygadas' gift for imagery is undeniable, but for most viewers, Battle in Heaven will offer not enlightenment but frustration.
March 16, 2006
The cast are all non-actors, and boy, does it show.
March 10, 2006
... Reygadas has made a sensationalist picture in which all the sensation is willfully dulled.
March 4, 2006
...not to say that "Battle in Heaven" is a bad film, just a rehash of earlier ideas
February 27, 2006
...a tawdry march through the lives of a bunch of slow-witted, thyroid-impaired moral imbeciles.
February 23, 2006
Mr. Reygadas has played the anti-narrative film-festival game with the most voyeuristic means at his disposal, and then stuck on a luridly melodramatic plot almost as an afterthought.
Top Critic
February 23, 2006
It took four countries -- Mexico, France, Germany and Belgium -- to make a movie as bad as Carlos Reygadas' Battle in Heaven. They wasted a lot of tax-relief money in pesos, francs and marks, but you'd be a fool to waste any U.S. dollars.
February 17, 2006
Overexposed and underdeveloped.
February 17, 2006
Ambitious, challenging and exceedingly frustrating.
February 17, 2006
To say that sacred and profane imagery are daringly juxtaposed here would be seriously understating the case.
February 17, 2006
If all this sounds artistically daring to you, you'll love it. Also, you're insane.
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