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L'Atalante Reviews

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Jack Jones
Little White Lies
January 20, 2012
An exhibition in technical ingenuity and visual storytelling that was way ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 19, 2012
L'Atalante manages to be more modern than anything being made today.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
January 10, 2012
Generous tides of life and longing flow through this buoyant masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 21, 2011
easily Vigo's most "commercial" film, but it never loses the essence of his more abstract and poetic sensibilities
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 26, 2011
The film has a weird kind of poetry and beauty about it that is hard -- perhaps impossible -- to describe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 24, 2007
A major inspiration to subsequent generations of filmmakers, yet no one has ever succeeded in matching it.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
April 7, 2007
One can't help but mourn the films an even more mature, capable and confident Vigo might have made had not TB cut him down at the tender age of 29
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Emanuel Levy
January 24, 2007
Blending naturalism and surrealism, this is a work of unique poetic power, a masterpiece that anticipated neo-realism by a decade; the fact that it's Vigo sole completed feature doesn't lessen his status as one of the world's greatest filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
October 5, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Originally released in 1934, Jean Vigo's first and only full-length feature is one of the cinema's greatest masterpieces.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 13, 2006
A landmark of French cinema and one of the most beloved film romances.
| Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
June 16, 2005
This quiet little French number is a gossamer confection, but for a film of its era, it's gorgeous to look at.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jamie Russell
April 19, 2005
A cine-poem ode to the rhythms of life and love set on a barge travelling along the Seine, Jean Vigo's L'Atalante stands as one of cinema's indisputable masterpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
May 24, 2003
This makes it a film that can be both appreciated by cineastes and enjoyed by anyone looking for a good romance story.
| Original Score: 90/100
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The action is episodic and diffuse but Michel Simon, as the dour and cat-loving barge hand lends a bit of comic relief to the pallidly poetic proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2003
Stands as one of the most beautiful and rich celebrations of human connection in the history of cinema.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
This 1934 French classic is a work of enduring poetry that has launched a thousand other movies.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
A paean to evanescence and, however paradoxically, an enduring embodiment of the same concept: a wispish film from a short-lived director that has nonetheless been dreamed and re-dreamed, never the same way twice, for almost 70 years.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today
December 12, 2002
Hands down one of the most poetic, romantic and sentimental films I have ever seen.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is on many lists of the greatest films, a distinction that obscures how down to earth it is, how direct in its story of a new marriage off to a shaky start.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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