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Be Kind Rewind Reviews

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New York Daily News
January 1, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 22, 2008
It's hard to get too cranky about a movie that, at heart, is a tribute to the joy of making things with your friends.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 22, 2008
Takes a clever concept and cobbles a weak story around it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 22, 2008
Long before the movie ends, it slips right off the sprockets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 22, 2008
Be Kind Rewind declares that the riches of cinema history touch each of us personally. Films become so deep a part of us that we own them that our memories of them, whether faithful or fanciful, become their meanings.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 22, 2008
Give Be Kind Rewind a little time and an open mind, and it just might grow on you. Its premise is absurd, but adorably so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 22, 2008
Thick stew of awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 22, 2008
A celebration of the DIY aesthetic, and of the universal appeal of movies, Be Kind Rewind is a charmingly off-the-wall little tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 22, 2008
If it isn't up to his Oscar-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it at least has Jack Black and Mos Def around for laughs.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 22, 2008
the visual wit, game performances, and overflowing humanity have more than made up for the shortcomings by the time the film finds a final moment that's simultaneously abrupt and magical.
| Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 22, 2008
Michel Gondry doesn't understand -- or, perhaps, even care about -- the normal niceties of plausible plotting, thematic structure or satisfying character development. But he does understand joy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 22, 2008
It's inviting, undemanding and altogether wonderful. You'll want to see it again, or at least Swede it yourself.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 22, 2008
A surprisingly sweet comedy showcasing a manic Jack Black.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 22, 2008
A feel-good film with a gentle comic spirit, a sweet affection for its gallery of silly characters and a sincere love for the process of moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2008
Eminently likable. And there's something about Gondry's persistent nostalgia that feels contemporary, or opportune, at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 22, 2008
It's a joyless ode to joy, it's a leaden salute to the silver screen, it's a painful testament to filmic pleasures. Be kind, and don't even begin to rewind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 22, 2008
There's an undeniable sense of wonder to Be Kind Rewind, a belief in both the beauty of the creative process and the magic within all men. It's an unabashed ode to common potential; it's also a lot of fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 22, 2008
I felt positive and genial while watching it, but I didn't break out in paroxysms of laughter. It's the kind of amusing film you can wait to see on DVD. I wonder if it will come out on VHS?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 22, 2008
One wants to protect this, but it's hard not to gag on the cuteness.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 22, 2008
Rousingly bad moviemaking brings out some of Gondry's most blissful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 22, 2008
The magnitude of Gondry's visual ingenuity is consistently jaw-dropping.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 21, 2008
Innovative auteur Michel Gondry's latest curio is either boring or brilliantly boring.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 21, 2008
Be Kind Rewind may exist in a hazy, dreamy time warp, but its artistic impulses are strictly YouTube.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 21, 2008
Even though its thin conceit strains and stumbles into being, Gondry's movie somehow ingratiates itself to the dauntless dreamer that lives within each of us.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 21, 2008
Gondry, as writer and director, can't stop the creative helium from leaking out of his cinematic balloon.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 21, 2008
Such a far-fetched shaggy-dog yarn borders on the patronizing. But Gondry's belief in community-based, handmade, DIY culture is infectious, and his cry against big-box homogenization (fewer choices, more copies) is a noble one.
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Robert Wilonsky
L.A. Weekly
February 21, 2008
The greatest mystery is how a movie peddling the bliss of moviemaking is absent any hint of joy.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 21, 2008
Perhaps Gondry realized the sum wasn't going to be greater than its parts and just left it at this: two halves, one more intriguing than the other, that don't add up to a coherent whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 20, 2008
Arguably the biggest problem with Be Kind Rewind is that Gondry never stops experimenting, even when the experimentation works against the movie's best interests.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 20, 2008
Unlike Eternal Sunshine, in which Gondry achieved real poignancy about a different kind of erasing, Be Kind Rewind falls into the same category as his The Science of Sleep: It's too silly, and straining too hard to be weird.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 20, 2008
Be Kind Rewind is, on one level, about the magic that can happen in fairy tales -- and only in fairy tales -- when enough people who like the good old ways band together to keep things simple yet cunning.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 20, 2008
A fragile, somewhat precious celebration of DIY filmmaking and cult-film consumption.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 19, 2008
Most of Be Kind Rewind feels as silly and undisciplined as the mini-movies cooked up by its hapless heroes.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 19, 2008
Gondry might think he's parodying dumb comedies in which poor people rally to save beloved institutions from foreclosure -- but too often Be Kind Rewind just resembles them.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 22, 2008
Gondry would seem to have intended Be Kind Rewind more as a generous, sweet-tempered comic fable. But the souffle never rises.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 18, 2008
For all of Gondry's undeniable talent, it would be hard to imagine him pulling off this delicate and even cornball conceit without his star, Jack Black.