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Critic Reviews for Belgica
Watching others get stupid and crazy can have amusement value, but "Belgica," which is set mostly inside a bar of that name, is neither comic nor tragic. It's not a party of a movie, just a hangover.
Taking a straightforward approach isn't necessarily a negative, but the sedate camerawork and editing make the movie's progression staid.
Groeningen completely sells us the world of the bar, his immersive tracking and handheld camera leading us into the melee where coke and hedonism are served straight up and the music pounds to be let into your bloodstream.
Belgica rarely reaches the point where the central relationship can maintain the same degree of interest.
The story, the themes, and any deeper ideas feel like the movie's hangover, a sickening afterthought that relies on shocking imagery and crude violence to rouse the audience out of the uneveness.
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