Bonsái Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 18, 2013
It flows along placidly, heated only occasionally by a bit of sex or disco dancing.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2012
A melancholy story of romance and regret with moments of drollery and sweetness along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2012
Scenes of breezy intimacy mix well with deadpan comic moments, and Noguera's face is that rare male visage that seems boyishly opaque but over time suggests deep reserves of melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 17, 2012
Bonsai illustrates the unbearable lightness of loneliness in a quiet, delicate manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 11, 2012
This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 10, 2012
In clumsier hands it would be easy to get lost amid the expanding thicket of narrative twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 10, 2012
A creative film from Chile about love, books and bonsai.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2012
Cristián Jiménez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
May 8, 2012
Bonsái seems like a veritable thicket of illuminating references and correspondences. A kind of poetry sprouts up even in some of the inevitable sad-twee flourishes.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 8, 2012
It tries to examine the contradictions of recasting a flawed reality through fiction-a significant notion that the film's precious structure and borderline indie-quirkfest vibe often dilute to their own detriment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gail Tolley
The List
April 10, 2012
Attractive cinematography shot in warm colours and neat, often comedic, composition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Scotsman
April 1, 2012
Like a bonsai, Julio is a stunted developer, and this film is a bit of a miniature curio but also pleasantly odd, funny and warm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 31, 2012
A rather tiresome film in which headcase collides with bookcase.
Anton Bitel
Film4
March 30, 2012
A laid back, ludic literary romance (of sorts) that sets past against present and story against story.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 29, 2012
Jiménez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Paterson
Little White Lies
March 29, 2012
The quiet understatement of the work bears endless reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
March 29, 2012
It's a brave irony that a film besotted with the pages of Proust is built around a character who couldn't be more of a closed book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 25, 2012
intriguing because of its Escheresque style of storytelling, but its intellectual appeal fails to reach the heart
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 4, 2011
Jiménez either doubts his audience's ability to figure things out on their lonesome or his own ability to subtly convey them - maybe both.
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