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Consuming Spirits Reviews

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April 22, 2013
Frame by frame, sketch by sketch, Sullivan has created a rich and layered world in "Consuming Spirits," one that won't easily let you go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2013
Something more coherent, masterful - and oddly poignant - than it may initially seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 8, 2013
Akin to the Disney version of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Consuming Spirits has moonshine on its rotten breath, but its images are never less than intoxicating.
February 7, 2013
"Consuming Spirits" puts a hook in you and doesn't let you off. A hook the size of a crowbar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 31, 2013
An ambitious animated epic that runs well over two hours and sometimes feels more like a feat than a film. Nevertheless, it's a kind of milestone in its genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 25, 2013
Even if one grows impatient with the film's dovetailing tales of small-town desperation, it's hard to tire of its visual execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2013
It is the story of people in a small ordinary town, knowing nothing but their ordinary affairs, revealing their sins and crimes with an ordinary negligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2012
The most creative film of the year: a striking, one-of-a-kind, hilarious dystopian epic of animated weirdness.
December 14, 2012
Fifteen years in the making, Chris Sullivan's Consuming Spiritsis the work of his lifetime -- or any lifetime, for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.2/10
December 14, 2012
Sullivan pulls the narrative noose tight at long last, and wraps up "Consuming Spirits'' as neatly as a Victorian novel - albeit one written by someone with an alarming affinity for the grotesque.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2012
In its final half-hour, it pulls all the threads together, and a breathtaking bigger picture finally comes into focus.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 12, 2012
This labor of love from do-it-all animator Chris Sullivan has the same rough-edged, cantankerous charms as the characters that populate it.
December 12, 2012
The regret-tinged film displays a distinctive voice and will be embraced by devotees of offbeat animation.
December 11, 2012
At a time when animation is expected to be computer-generated, three-dimensional and relentlessly upbeat, Mr. Sullivan's film is flat, handmade and melancholy, a dark and painful fantasy for grown-ups.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 11, 2012
The effect is that of disjointed, haunted reverie, of alternate realities colliding, soundtracked by mumbled asides and an uneasy murmur of background noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 11, 2012
The interweaving stories of commercialized religion, rancid Americana and alcoholic wretches start wearing thin around the movie's midpoint; by the end, the whole morose endeavor risks becoming downright threadbare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2012
Consuming Spirits is overlong. A dystopian T.S. Eliot once said, "Humankind cannot bear too much reality," maybe even in a cartoon.
December 10, 2012
Not only a monstrous visual achievement, but one of the most uniquely humanistic animated features of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2012
Issues of plot aside, though, the thing that any viewer is likely to notice first is the striking, nearly unpremeditated style of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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