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Control Reviews

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November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 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 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
[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 productions...you can sense Deborah's script-approval fingerprints all over the material.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
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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