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Lights in the Dusk Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 23, 2007
The director's existential sarcasm is muted here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
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
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
June 13, 2007
A mood of cosmic desolation seeps like late autumn sunlight filtered through clouds in Aki Kaurismaki's Lights in the Dusk.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 13, 2007
Kaurismäki has given us no special reason to revisit his coy, claustrophobic universe.
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.
Top Critic
September 23, 2006
A rare misstep for director Kaurismaki.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 23, 2006
An amiable but very undercooked noirish fable about a security guard done wrong by a femme fatale.
May 22, 2006
Kaurismaki's Finnish minimalism fails to enliven this down- and off-beat tale.