Consuming Spirits - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Consuming Spirits Reviews

Top Critic
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2013
Something more coherent, masterful - and oddly poignant - than it may initially seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
Top Critic
Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Top Critic
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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
Top Critic
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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
Top Critic
Boyd van Hoeij
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.
Top Critic
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2012
The regret-tinged film displays a distinctive voice and will be embraced by devotees of offbeat animation.
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
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
Top Critic
Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
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.