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Lights in the Dusk Reviews

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Ken Fox
TV Guide
June 13, 2007
It's a handsome production, and a pleasure to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 13, 2007
If you're new to Kaurismaki, the film will make you a fan. If you've seen everything else he's ever done, the comedy will confirm your commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 13, 2007
A mood of cosmic desolation seeps like late autumn sunlight filtered through clouds in Aki Kaurismaki's Lights in the Dusk.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
June 13, 2007
Kaurismäki has given us no special reason to revisit his coy, claustrophobic universe.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
June 13, 2007
Strangely moving--a meditation on loneliness and ennui in a heartless, modern, industrial society.
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 13, 2007
Kaurismäki's underdog tragicomedy is an elegant piece of modern urban noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 12, 2007
dumbfounding the audience once again, mixing the metaphysical with the meanderingly amusing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
June 3, 2007
Kaurismaki once again hints at oceans of emotion underneath the minimalist surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Trout
BBC.com
April 10, 2007
It all sounds brutally miserable, but a spry comic flicker, and Koistinen's dim but undying hope keep things surprisingly light, while brilliantly efficient storytelling gives the human tale almost all of the short 77 minutes to unfurl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 7, 2007
If you're a fan of Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's deadpan comedy world, then his latest piece of controlled, semi-stylised whimsy will be right up your alley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 6, 2007
Ignore accusations that this is sluggish and inconsequential. This is textbook Kaurismäki, from its drolly laconic style to its delicious cinematic nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 6, 2007
Lights in the Dusk suggests what it might be like to stare at Bill Murray in a coma for 75 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
October 30, 2006
Kaurismäki's delightfully delicate cautionary fable charts his unassuming hero's descent into an unforeseen nightmare of deceit and violence with a characteristically low-key blend of humane compassion and deadpan mordant humour.
Martha Fischer
Cinematical
September 23, 2006
You want to press pause, and just sit and take it in: The colors, the humor, the light, the surfaces; the simple pleasure of watching a master at work.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
September 23, 2006
A noir on Ativan, Lights in the Dusk displays another of Kaurismäki's best traits: his deep sympathy for the world's most helpless (and hapless) souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
A rare misstep for director Kaurismaki.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 23, 2006
An amiable but very undercooked noirish fable about a security guard done wrong by a femme fatale.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2006
Kaurismaki's Finnish minimalism fails to enliven this down- and off-beat tale.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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