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Lights in the Dusk Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 3, 2011
Though it's the weakest of the three panels that form Kaurismaki's trilogy, which began with Drifting Clouds in 1996, it's still worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 21, 2007
It's a deceptively satisfying, almost magical achievement, like being stranded in a desert yet never going thirsty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
A wholly satisfying comic-existential bit of fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Shawn Levy
September 7, 2007
It's exactly the picture he wanted to make; that's for sure. But in this case that's not quite enough.
| Original Score: B-
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 25, 2007
Kaurismäki's spare style and economical storytelling are well-suited to this particular story about loneliness, as the director never muddies the frame with sentimental dross or lugubrious inclinations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 2, 2007
Aki Kaurismaki's gloomy take on film noir... is pure Kaurismaki, done in the director's inimitable deadpan and surreally dispassionate style and grim sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 15, 2007
There is an admirable rigor here and even a brief touch of sunshine, but almost none of the humor that marks [Kaurismaki's] best work.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2007
The distance Kaurismki creates belies his deeply humanistic streak. He engages characters in the direst of situations not to see them suffer but to search for hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Armond White
New York Press
July 11, 2007
The downbeat tone of Lights in the Dusk just escapes offense and self-parody due to Kaurismäki's careful, subtle craftsmanship.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Another weird, frigid tale by Kaurismaki.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 16, 2007
Lights In The Dusk plays out in the expected Kaurismäki style, with flavorful musical interludes, great affection for the city's outcasts, and lots of bleakness chased by the faintest sliver of hope.
| Original Score: B-
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
June 15, 2007
Another in a series of Kaurismaki's deeply touching portraits of ordinary people, full of gentle and mournfully poetic subtle narrative rhythms.
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Andrew O'Hehir
June 14, 2007
So stylized and slow-moving (even at a spare 75 minutes) that you may have trouble adapting to its hypnotic rhythms -- but if you can, there are sumptuous visual rewards to be found, plus the faintest emotional uptick right at the end.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2007
There's great music, an excellent dog, and that indescribable Kaurismäki tension between misery and a cosmic joke.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
June 13, 2007
Strangely moving--a meditation on loneliness and ennui in a heartless, modern, industrial society.
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