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Control Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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-
December 7, 2007
[An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
November 3, 2007
The film nails both the malaise and creative vigor of Curtis' short, bruised and chillingly relatable life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2007
Though Curtis is hopelessly dysfunctional, photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn makes us achingly aware of the singer's talent, the haunting poetry of his songs and how, living in the gloomy culture he did, his passing was virtually inevitable.
October 29, 2007
A film that perfectly captures the essence of the legendary and influential cult band Joy Division and its tragic lead singer, Ian Curtis.
October 27, 2007
A work of art disguised as a rock-star biography, it's an evocative portrait of an iconic outsider and the place that he tried to transcend.
Read More | Original Score: A-
October 27, 2007
Control" has an unmistakable pulse: a wiry, electric tension between the extraordinary spectacle of Curtis at maximum surge and the dented ordinariness of which his undear life, like ours, was mostly composed.
October 26, 2007
Joy Division has the movie that, for better or worse, lives up to the myth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2007
Control suffers a bit from a touch of dry art-house-movie self-consciousness. But that's easily offset by the deeper soulfulness through which the film patiently reveals Curtis' full, almost oracular gifts and the cost of his ordinary burdens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 26, 2007
The movie examines a life -- and a death -- without getting deep about it. The result is oddly exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 26, 2007
A good movie that falls short of greatness by aping too well the behaviour of its subject -- occasionally brilliant, sometimes mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2007
Riley gives a star-making performance as the complicated Curtis, and gets more points for convincing director Corbijn, who has shot the film in moody, monochromatic wide-screen black-and-white.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 26, 2007
A steady and moving memorial to a man who rarely felt comfortable in his own skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2007
Methodical and cool, this film is more artful sonnet than fanzine rave.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2007
Control honors its subject's eternal self-doubt by honing in on that truth and leaving the legend to others.
October 12, 2007
Riley makes a perfect Curtis, and Corbijn's finely shaded recreations of classic Joy Division performances are so exciting that the movie could've been nothing but fake concert footage, and it would've been every bit as moving as the filmmakers intended.
Read More | Original Score: B-
October 12, 2007
Newcomer Riley is a revelation himself. He's the physical spitting image of Curtis, thin with fragile features, and his impressions of Curtis' violently jerky stage mannerisms are dead-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 11, 2007
Control keeps you riveted in ways that 24 Hour Party People doesn't; primarily because of the investment of craft and conviction by all concerned.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2007
Where Control might have been literal-minded and sentimental, it is instead enigmatic and moving, much in the manner of Joy Division's best songs.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2007
Instead of painting a tiny, cramped picture intended only for the elite, it opens up one small corner of the world for everybody. Control is proof of the way the music of someone else's life can suddenly and magically become your own.
October 10, 2007
Control seems an honest tribute to a haggard ghost. It'll inspire many a young viewer looking for tips about the workings of self-torture and famous doom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
October 9, 2007
You don't watch this movie, you live it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
Suicide and the lives of artists are two of the toughest subjects for cinema to grapple with, and 'Control' squares up bravely to both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
October 3, 2007
Control goes past the clichés of punk rock-god gloom to offer a snapshot of alienation that's shockingly humane.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
May 17, 2007
Somber, sad and compelling.