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Lights in the Dusk Reviews

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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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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
June 13, 2007
Kaurismäki has given us no special reason to revisit his coy, claustrophobic universe.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 16, 2007
Kaurismaki creates some beautiful frames, carefully composing his affectless characters against the rooms' colors, but there's something wrong with your story when people are upstaged by the decor.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 22, 2008
Un relato crudo, probablemente desconcertante y extrañamente tragicómico, sólo para seguidores incondicionales del director, que repite su estilo sin sorpresas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 23, 2007
The director's existential sarcasm is muted here.
Full Review | 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.
Pam Grady
Reel.com
June 15, 2007
Stripped of much of the director's trademark deadpan humor and saddled with such an extremely passive protagonist, getting through the drama becomes an exercise in patience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 13, 2007
So dry it's parched, this study of a passive loser whose life just keeps getting worse is basically a series of noir cliches clothed in arthouse anomie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 3, 2007
Kaurismäki is self-consciously tapping into the raw pathos of an earlier time in cinema (the pain and loss that often accompanied Charles Chaplin's Little Tramp, for example). The idea works, though it is finally wearing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
A rare misstep for director Kaurismaki.
| Original Score: 2/4
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 13, 2007
Kaurismäki's underdog tragicomedy is an elegant piece of modern urban noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
A wholly satisfying comic-existential bit of fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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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.
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
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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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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
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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
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