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Control Reviews

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November 8, 2007
Curtis' story is scant and unremarkable, filled with every rock 'n roll cliché save for drug addiction, but Corbijn treats it as though it's some sort of epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 9, 2007
Control is like a wake where the guests forgot to bring the booze and, for the most part, have nothing very nice or even particularly interesting to say about the deceased.
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 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
October 9, 2007
Commits the crime of turning Curtis into just another music legend.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
October 26, 2007
Director Anton Corbijn seems determined not to let the music get in the way of the human story, and his fervor goes too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2007
It features lots of music from that time, and it has decent performances, but it fails to make the case for its fallen star.
October 7, 2007
Far from the fierce social consciousness of Mike Leigh, Control's images, if not its equally arresting performances, suggest a kitchen sink scrubbed clean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
October 27, 2007
Curiously flat and unrevealing.
October 19, 2007
Credit the filmmakers for not mythologizing Curtis. However, he just might be a bigger enigma after watching Control.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2007
At least Control does right by the doting wife, typically given the shaft in these movies as simply victim and toss-away, here played as heartbreakingly courageous by two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (third times the charm?).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 26, 2007
The extraordinary achievement of Control is that it works simultaneously as a musical biopic and the story of a life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2007
Story-wise, this picture doesn't break new ground; this is a tale that one can find littered throughout the pages of history both recent and long ago, but the way Corbijn has presented it gives it a freshness and fervor that makes it worth sampling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2007
It simply rocks. In every way, an exceptional film. This is one of those rare gems you must not miss.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2007
Methodical and cool, this film is more artful sonnet than fanzine rave.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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