Consuming Spirits Reviews

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.
April 11, 2013
Something more coherent, masterful - and oddly poignant - than it may initially seem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 13, 2012
In its final half-hour, it pulls all the threads together, and a breathtaking bigger picture finally comes into focus.
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.
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.
December 10, 2012
Not only a monstrous visual achievement, but one of the most uniquely humanistic animated features of all time.
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.