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Control Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 5, 2010
The film overcomes the central miscasting of Samantha Morton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 3/5

Bullz-Eye.com
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 31, 2008
Control does justice to Curtis' legacy but fails to make any further grasps for significance.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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+
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
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.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Derek Donovan
Kansas City Star
December 14, 2007
Control humanizes Curtis while acknowledging that he could be remote and even cruel in his selfishness and despair.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 7, 2007
[An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
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 productions...you can sense Deborah's script-approval fingerprints all over the material.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
Sam Riley is fascinating as Curtis, a hypersensitive young man hobbled by his incurable disease, and Samantha Morton is poignant as his put-upon wife.
Benjamin Henry DeVries
Film Ireland Magazine
December 3, 2007
Though the skeletal structure of the film is flawed, it ceases to matter -- after all, the point is MUSIC.
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