Critic Consensus: Challenging and rewarding in equal measure, Climax captures writer-director Gaspar Noé working near his technically brilliant and visually distinctive peak.
Critic Reviews for Climax
Typically, the results are not nearly as originally dreaded, because no matter how far Noé's films can go off the rails -- some of us are still not over the final few minutes of Enter the Void -- they are always at the very least interesting to consume.
Climax isn't so much about the inevitability of chaos, but about the sadness of watching something beautiful fall apart. And it is never less than electrifying.
More brilliantly deranged, in its microscopic vision of society in collapse, than anything the director has ever inflicted on us.
"Climax" works, at least when it's willing to be a human drama. But then it sinks in that you're watching "Fame" directed by the Marquis de Sade with a Steadicam.
Noe has made a film that's seductive in its rhythms and bold visualization of his young dancers' sometimes beautiful, other times brutal somatic expressiveness.
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