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Control Reviews

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October 5, 2010
The film overcomes the central miscasting of Samantha Morton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2010
The way Ian Curtis blocked his onstage movement mirrored isolationism in his home life. He clasped the microphone stand like a drowning man would a life preserver, but he couldn't stay afloat in dreary waters of his own creation. A seamless rock biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 15, 2009
Film %u0107e stoga biti shvatljiv samo onim gledateljima koji detalje povijesti "Joy Divisiona" i Curtisovog %u017Eivota imaju u malom prstu, a to su, dakako, najokorjeliji fanovi.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
April 23, 2009
Control never gets any closer to the mystery than when the music plays. Too bad it cuts the songs short, returning to the banalities they were meant to shatter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2008
The film leaves you with the impression of an almost painfully innocent young singer, for whom alienation was, alas, far more than a pose.
July 31, 2008
Control does justice to Curtis' legacy but fails to make any further grasps for significance.
May 26, 2008
Um filme repleto de planos magnificamente compostos e que se tornam ainda mais impactantes graças à impecável fotografia em preto-e-branco de Martin Ruhe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 30, 2008
Positioning art as a necessary surrender to a creative force which removes the self dangerously from existence and society, Control intimately connects in tragic yet euphoric ways to the mixed blessing of the radically unleashed musical imagination.
March 6, 2008
Some of Riley's musical performances are electrifying. This would not be a bad movie at all, except for the infuriatingly romantic portrayal of suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 22, 2008
Ian's trapped between insurrection and guilt, and so is Corbijn's film which mires itself in the artist's bourgeoisie dramas without figuring out how they influenced his music.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 4, 2008
Smashes the music biopic mold by portraying the star at its center not as a mythological creature, but as a real-life, messed-up kid in over his head.
January 19, 2008
More expressive than Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" about a tragic music figure, but incrementally so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 16, 2008
Tells me more than I care to know about the ill-fated singer with a personality like talcum powder and songs fit to make the depressed even more depressed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 15, 2008
Part of the reason this film works so splendidly is that, given its ending, it doesn't have the luxury of pretend redemption.
January 1, 2008
Riley gives a great performance, and director Corbijn's direction is deceptively perceptive. One of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
December 21, 2007
The monochromatic palette suggests the kitchen-sink heyday of 1960s British cinema; fittingly, 'Control' is at its best when it concentrates on the quotidian.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2007
Control humanizes Curtis while acknowledging that he could be remote and even cruel in his selfishness and despair.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2007
Joy Division fans have already embraced Control, a film biography of short-lived lead singer Ian Curtis. Those of us who didn't follow the 1970s English band or the post-punk scene around it may feel less invested.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 7, 2007
[An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 6, 2007
A wobbly construction of facts, but as musical bio-pics go, it has real cinematic personality and avoids most of the painful clichés that tend to shadow these can sense Deborah's script-approval fingerprints all over the material.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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