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Columbus (2017)



Critic Consensus: Wonderfully acted and artfully composed, Columbus balances the clean lines of architecture against the messiness of love, with tenderly moving results.

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When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada's COLUMBUS unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, COLUMBUS is also a showcase for its director's striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.


Rory Culkin
as Gabriel
Parker Posey
as Eleanor
Reen Vogel
as Cleaner
Rosalyn Ross
as Christine
Jem Cohen
as Staff
Caitlin Ewald
as Bartender
Joseph Anthony Foronda
as Prof. Jae Yong Lee
Wynn Reichert
as Miller House Guide
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18)

What's remarkable about this wondrously assured debut is that technique never overwhelms feeling, in part because Kogonada makes the two seem inextricably, harmoniously linked.

August 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Almost startling in how assured it is, synthesizing beautiful, controlled images with story and character.

August 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Columbus is a charming and beautiful indie debut.

August 4, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The depth of emotion the film stirred up surprised me. I got so involved in these two people's lives. I cared about them. I liked eavesdropping on their conversations.

August 4, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A minimalist film like Columbus depends almost entirely on the shading of the characters and the depths of the performances. By that metric, it's a too-delicate creature, tickling and piquing instead of fully thrusting us into the realm of feelings.

August 4, 2017 | Full Review…
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As much as it is about architecture, the film is also a love letter to movies themselves: the sense of majesty they can capture and the strange little worlds they allow us to discover.

August 4, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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