Holy Motors Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend for the digital era. Both exuberant and melancholy, it's a film about an allegedly dying art form that is thrillingly alive. Cinema is dead. Long live cinema.
Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
Holy Motors is visionary, absurd, melancholy, ecstatic, confounding, and ultimately transcendent. If 2012 spawns a better film I will eat a bouquet of flowers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 21, 2013
It is gratifying to discover that mankind is still capable of finding new ways of being weird.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
It is never dull.
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
It's an ingenious, half-mad triumph, and exactly what we expect from outlier Carax-one decade at a time.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 23, 2013
From its enigmatic opening scenes, which sends the viewers into a mysterious voyage a la Alice through the looking glass that ends up in a movie theater, Holy Motors is a celebration of the magic, imagination, and primal power of the movies.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 1, 2013
The movie is a puzzle meant to be played and enjoyed, not solved. As Oscar asserts: 'We're having a ball in the back of beyond.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
January 29, 2013
...this is a fascinating film experience where you never quite know what's coming next, and feel nothing but fulfilled when the eventual entertainment reveal arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 28, 2013
Welcome to the latest in WTF cinema, the kind of movie that critics love, general audiences loathe and cinephiles puzzle over.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
January 24, 2013
By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 22, 2013
Read a dozen reviews of "Holy Motors" and you'll mostly get a dozen people scrambling not to admit that they don't quite get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
Offering a weird and wonderful tangle of ideas, Carax and Lavant are clearly reveling in the madcap vibe, and together they have created an entertainingly barmy and gag-filled ode to both cinema and what Oscar calls 'the beauty in the act'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 4, 2013
Surreal and inscrutable, it's visually compelling avante-garde cinema that may leave you wondering, 'What was that about?'
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 2, 2013
It's an absurd, unsafe, inexplicable and unpredictable fantasy... .
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
December 27, 2012
Holy Motors é uma declaração de amor ao Cinema, um suspiro de impaciência acerca do Cinema e uma manifestação de desesperança diante do estado atual do Cinema. Uma desesperança que a própria existência do filme se encarrega de suprimir.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Chase Whale
Film.com
December 21, 2012
Holy Motors is some kind of wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 14, 2012
Mystifying and emotion-stirring, it demands that you bring yourself
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 14, 2012
"Holy Motors" is a post-apocalyptic movie, if your idea of the apocalypse was the demise of 35mm film and the rise of YouTube culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 10, 2012
Carax has always been an enfant terrible with taste for excess, but Holy Motors, which has just won the L.A. Critics for Best Foreign Film, is his most original, shocking, and entertaining work to date.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 7, 2012
As playful as it is...Holy Motors has the power to haunt as much as to amuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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