La Jetée (The Pier) Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2012
The major influence on Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, La Jetée is made up almost entirely of still photographs that tell the futuristic story of a time traveler.
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
February 23, 2012
It's a stirring, emotional film about the unique hold memories have over people's lives and how experiences themselves are fleeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 29, 2011
One of the greatest films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 5, 2008
Lovely.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 1, 2007
Always confounding even when it seems accessible, the mysterious and gripping plot raises unanswerable questions about time, memory and the progress of life on this planet.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

Film4
June 6, 2007
Incredibly influential, dauntingly beautiful short made up almost entirely of stills. Inspired a generation of sci-fi directors.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 6, 2007
A remarkable and unique experimental short that consists solely of still frames, narration, music and sound effects as it relates an apocalyptic tale of memory and time-travel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
One of the best of all SF films is this haunting, apocalyptic 27-minute French short by the great Chris Marker.
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
September 8, 2006
Eisenstein stripped back to the studs. Powerful, haunting, unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 95/100
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The soundtrack's texture is similarly sparse, and the fluid montage leads the viewer into the sensation of watching moving images. Until, that is, an extraordinary epiphany when an image genuinely does move.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 24, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2003
This is Marker's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
June 4, 2003
It is an essential fiction, a short story whose diminutive length does little to foretell its breadth.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
May 16, 2003
The most haunting sci-fi film ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 27, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 9, 2003
A perfect little short all shot in still images -- more haunting than its big-budget remake, 12 Monkeys
| Original Score: 4/5
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
December 2, 2002
One of the most startling and haunting films to ever fall under the banner of science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 14, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
The narrator's own haunting story is what makes this film truly mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
One of the most cohesive expressions found in the art form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sander Lee
Senses of Cinema
June 6, 2001
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