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L'Avventura Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)
June 10, 2016
The adventure was not merely sexual, however, but a radical rethink of film language: the characters' motivations were left opaque and unexplained, and the story never quite resolves itself -- rather like life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 23, 2016
L'Avventura eschews conventional narrative drive or sophomoric emotional satisfaction in favour of gorgeous compositions, inimitable style and an acerbic sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 29, 2015
This is a world without design, where characters can no longer single-mindedly pursue goals and resolve problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
December 1, 2014
Antonioni's film rewrote the language of cinema, questioning its addiction to storytelling and opening up the possibility for other, more enigmatic and poetic forms of expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
November 22, 2014
There are certain things audiences have come to expect from the plots of motion pictures, and even in 2014, L'avventura feels angry and fresh because it upends those expectations gleefully. Being anti-plot doesn't necessarily mean that its plotless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2013
It's easy to bash Antonioni as passe. It's harder, I think, to explain the cinematic power of the way his camera watches, and waits, while the people on screen stave off a dreadful loneliness.
| Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
July 22, 2013
Always fusing neo-realism with science-fiction, Antonioni's world is one of superficies and emotions hardening into titanium
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Zachary Wigon
L.A. Weekly
July 12, 2013
Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film.
Josh Larsen
May 11, 2013
Carelessness - physical, emotional, intellectual and relational - is something of a virus in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
July 2, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "L'avventura" is a haunting film that presages Fellini's post-modern cinema, and informs the French New Wave that gave way to such iconic auteurs as Jean Luc Goddard.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
July 6, 2010
A graduate of Screenwriting 1-2 might dismiss this method as casualness or even carelessness, but every shot and bit of business in L'Avventura represents calculation of the highest order.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 27, 2009
The first ten minutes make it clear that this is the work of a discerning, troubled, uniquely gifted artist who speaks to us through the refined center of his art.
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
If you've ever hoped for the fusion between classic visual art and film, the last scene of L'Avventura is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever get the pleasure to lay on your eyes.
Anton Bitel
June 10, 2008
a bleak, even blank, portrait of humanity failing to find again the values it has so carelessly allowed itself to lose.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 12, 2007
Objectively, this is an important film -- maybe even close to a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 14, 2007
It's a slow paced personal film that welcomes tedium as readily as mainstream films welcome action.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2007
It's a work that requires some patience -- a 145-minute mystery that strategically elides any conventional denouement -- but more than amply repays the effort.

TV Guide
August 29, 2006
One of Antonioni's finest films, and a landmark in the devlopment of cinematic narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 22, 2006
One of the key works in film history.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
If it once seemed the ultimate in arty, intellectually chic movie-making, the film now looks all too studied and remote a portrait of emotional sterility.
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