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L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) Reviews

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Cole Smithey
August 18, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Alain Resnais's transcendent filmic parlor game remains an innovative and exquisitely executed example of minimalist filmmaking, used to evoke mystery, romance, and a sprinkle social invective.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
December 21, 2011
The poster child of cinematic modernism, one of those early-'60s event films that seemed to break every rule classical Hollywood ever codified.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
July 10, 2011
I've always found it romantic and sexy, full of yearning and mystery.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 8, 2011
Was there ever a film thought so boring by so many yet accorded the status of a classic?
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 7, 2011
Profoundly mysterious and disturbing, a para-surrealist masterpiece whose nightmarish scenario appears to have been absorbed from Buñuel and Antonioni and transmitted onward to Greenaway.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
July 7, 2011
an enigmatic mind-melt that sends characters and viewers alike on a chronology-confounding loop down labyrinthine corridors and up garden paths in pursuit of a (re)solution that, even after it has been found, remains elusive and ambiguous.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 7, 2011
A veritable masterpiece, but beware, this icon of French New Wave cinema is as likely to irritate as it is to mesmerise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
June 20, 2011
A sublime meditation on memory, perception and fantasy - or art-house pretension at its emptiest? The jury's still out...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
July 25, 2009
Its one of the greatest films ever made, and an experience unrivaled in cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 18, 2009
the elegant tracking shots amid the baroque architectural excesses that frame the film's lingering questions draw you into a world of mystery that seems to be ultimately understandable, yet constantly unravels at every turn
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
June 25, 2009
... a tantalizing mystery and a work of cinema as intricately faceted as a jewel.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 24, 2009
Gorgeous and elliptical...also became [for some] an instant subject of derision as a prototype for the impenetrable European art film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 17, 2009
The recurring attitude throughout most interpretations of Marienbad is that of sheer interpretation fatigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Cabin
June 10, 2009
inexplicable and lovely; a fever dream without symptoms, an asylum run by the inmates.
| Original Score: 4/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 18, 2008
Love it or hate it, no one's cinematic education is complete without having taken this baffling, haunting, uniquely challenging movie ride.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2008
To even talk of a story is nonsensical, since a central aesthetic of the film involves the effects of fantasy, time and subjective memory on human consciousness. Marienbad takes place in a heightened, sci-fi nightmare world where knowing, believing
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Shawn Levy
April 18, 2008
A daring experiment that succeeds not only in shattering familiar forms but in providing an apt shape for its unique story.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 27, 2008
What finally dazzled me about the film is the way that Resnais cleverly put together a 94-minute film without ever taking a stand on any single thing; every single shot, detail, story, and character is suspect -- and subject to change without notice.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
February 29, 2008
Marienbad is elegantly hermetic, a ravishing waxworks that has stillness at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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