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L'Avventura Reviews

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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.
May 20, 2003
Like a breathless storyteller who has a long and detailed story to tell and is so eager to get on to the big doings that he forgets to mention several important things, Signor Antonioni deals only with what seems to interest him.
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
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.
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
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
L'Avventura becomes a place in our imagination -- a melancholy moral desert.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 22, 2013
Always fusing neo-realism with science-fiction, Antonioni's world is one of superficies and emotions hardening into titanium
June 10, 2008
a bleak, even blank, portrait of humanity failing to find again the values it has so carelessly allowed itself to lose.
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
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.
April 5, 2017
Antonioni's cool, beautifully photographed film isn't really a mystery and certainly not a thriller. Audiences over the years have delighted in deciding what it really is all about.
April 5, 2017
The film just looks great. That black and white cinematography is just divine.
April 5, 2017
Rightly considered to be a cinematic landmark.
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+
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.
April 11, 2005
To date, this is the best Italian film I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
April 20, 2004
A beguiling mystery that not only refuses any answers, but makes you guess repeatedly at what the question really is.
| Original Score: 4/5
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