Control Reviews

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November 18, 2011
May 13, 2009
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.
December 7, 2007
[An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.
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
Sam Riley, a newcomer to the big screen who portrays Curtis with eerie accuracy, has the stringy, underfed looks of a schoolboy in the midst of a sudden growth spurt.
November 3, 2007
The film nails both the malaise and creative vigor of Curtis' short, bruised and chillingly relatable life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 26, 2007
The movie examines a life -- and a death -- without getting deep about it. The result is oddly exhilarating.
October 26, 2007
A good movie that falls short of greatness by aping too well the behaviour of its subject -- occasionally brilliant, sometimes mundane.
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.
October 26, 2007
The extraordinary achievement of Control is that it works simultaneously as a musical biopic and the story of a life.
October 26, 2007
A steady and moving memorial to a man who rarely felt comfortable in his own skin.
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