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Holy Motors Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
It is never dull.
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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
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Chase Whale
Film.com
December 21, 2012
Holy Motors is some kind of wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 29, 2012
Audiences who care about character and plot are liable to take the exit to a movie that makes sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 22, 2012
All this random action, Carax suggests, is for some vast, abstract audience anxious to lose itself in imagined narratives.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2012
This is the kind of it-can-mean-whatever-you-want-it-to-mean art film that I usually run from, but Carax is such a prodigiously gifted mesmerist that, if you give way, you're likely to be enfolded in the film's phantasmagoria.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 15, 2012
Holy Motors is wild and unfettered and playful - the work of an artist who carries his love of cinema in his bones, and knows how to share that affection with the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 15, 2012
This is the most exhilarating cinema ride of 2012, a marvellously mobile mystery trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2012
In "Holy Motors" Carax insists on our other selves. His daylong ride is a wary celebration, a joyful dirge that's served up in concentrated form by a roving band of accordion players. It's all in a day's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 8, 2012
As cryptic and unpredictable as that premise might suggest.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2012
Lavant is splendid in the film, and he's essentially the entire film - and yet, "Holy Motors" is somewhat more than a contraption built for a fearless performer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 8, 2012
Here is a film that is exasperating, frustrating, anarchic and in a constant state of renewal. It's not tame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
I don't know what Lavant is playing here because I've never seen anything like it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2012
Leos Carax's surreal ode to ... identity? Movies? Performance? Identity and performance in movies, or movies and performance in identity, or some other combination that will come to mind upon further viewings?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2012
[A] crazy-beautiful reverie about movies, love, the love of movies, and the inevitability of human melancholy by the perpetually mysterious French filmmaker Los Carax.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 22, 2012
Carax produces the startling dislocations of reality that Buuel pulled off, but without the gleeful wit.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 21, 2012
If nothing else, you'll come out of it feeling perceptually refreshed, as if you'd just had a ride on an aesthetic and philosophical log flume.
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Richard and Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 19, 2012
It's an exhilarating trip of movie madness and sadness.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 19, 2012
The sort of enigmatic movie that many critics embrace because it's open to endless interpretation ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 18, 2012
It's the coolest and strangest movie of the year, and once it gets its druglike hooks in your brain, you'll never get them out again.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 18, 2012
Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
October 18, 2012
Each episode of director Leos Carax's film perfectly masters the exact tone of a different genre, finding precisely the saddest moment in each of its vignettes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
October 17, 2012
[A] visionary, jaw-dropping spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 17, 2012
Just when you're ready to throw up your hands and walk out, there's a scene of Lavant gliding around Paris like some silent-movie character out of "Judex" or "Fantomas"...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 16, 2012
A dream of the movies that looks like a movie of dreams.
| Original Score: 5/5
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October 16, 2012
It could almost be a film made in a time before language, a rendering of modern life - or modern lives - as a kind of cinematic cave painting. With songs. And a white stretch limo. And Kylie Minogue.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 16, 2012
Unclassifiable, expansive, and breathtaking ...
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 16, 2012
Holy Motors is aggressively "wild," a puzzle that tweaks the mind but doesn't nourish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 15, 2012
Typically confounding but on every level that matters a work of unfettered-and liberating-imagination.
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William Goss
Film.com
October 2, 2012
In terms of pure cinematic sensation, Holy Motors stands as one of the most delightfully enigmatic movies that I've seen in quite some time.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 30, 2012
Experimental, funny, deliriously original and occasionally maddening.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2012
A deliciously preposterous piece of filmmaking that appraises life and death and everything in between, reflected in a funhouse mirror.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
May 23, 2012
Only dream logic -- give or take pure cinema -- can begin to explain the wacky beauty of what goes on here.
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
May 23, 2012
It's hard to say what forces are propelling this ecstatic, idiotic, fizzy, frightening provocation, but we're moved by them too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5