Battle in Heaven Reviews

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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.
April 21, 2006
Insufferably arty, polemic and winkingly provocative.
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.
March 24, 2006
Reygadas' gift for imagery is undeniable, but for most viewers, Battle in Heaven will offer not enlightenment but frustration.
March 10, 2006
... Reygadas has made a sensationalist picture in which all the sensation is willfully dulled.
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
Reyadas' radical rejection of filmmaking conventions is at first off-putting, but he's able to elicit remarkable performances from the cast of non-professionals while building tension that will hold viewers' attention.
February 17, 2006
Ambitious, challenging and exceedingly frustrating.
February 17, 2006
Not everyone is going to be willing or able to take this leap of faith, but those who do go along with Reygadas may well feel they have come away having undergone a stunning revelatory experience.
February 16, 2006
[Reygadas has] got an astonishing technique. Here's hoping that someday he'll use it to make a movie.
February 16, 2006
At once unmoored and ruthlessly calculating, the Mexican film Battle in Heaven has everything for everyone or perhaps nothing at all.
February 16, 2006
Fighting cliche, presenting the most flawed people as sympathetic and occasionally averting his camera eye as his characters neglect the saving of their own souls, Reygadas has made a movie that is itself an ethical dilemma.
February 15, 2006
Battle in Heaven is less about heaven or battle, or hell on earth, or the soul of Mexico, and all too much about gawking. And so, for all the 'shock' of the movie's clinical carnality, this battle is lost.
February 14, 2006
Promiscuously inhabiting several planes at once, Reygadas's restless inquisition may already be this year's movie to beat.
December 24, 2005
Inventive throughout, Reygadas' imagery becomes breathtaking in the closing scenes of religious pilgrimage, where Marco's existential crisis is brought to a harrowing head.
December 24, 2005
May 16, 2005
Both intensely exciting for its cinematic inventions and terribly uninvolving on emotional and dramatic levels.
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