The Limits of Control

2009

The Limits of Control

Critics Consensus

A minimalist exercise in not much of anything, The Limits of Control is a tedious viewing experience with little reward.

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The story follows a mysterious loner, a stranger to all, whose activities and workings remain meticulously outside the law. He is currently in the process of completing a job and trusts no one, while his objectives initially remain unrevealed. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness. The film uses no names and refers to all characters by description and appearances only.

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  • A work of dazzling formal discipline that riffs on the simple notion of repetition and variation.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • It's bold, confrontational cinema that will, as its author intended, have you questioning at every turn just what it is you expect from a modern movie, and more importantly, why.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • This shallow conundrum is at once a dull thriller and a humourless comedy, the sort of colossally self-indulgent and boring film that only a successful and revered director could make - or be allowed to make.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a demanding film that will no doubt fuel the art-house naysayers, yet set against a vivid Spanish canvas Jarmusch's poetic pretensions become not only explicable but palatable as well.

    Dec 11, 2009
  • The Limits of Control gives off the scent of a thriller but the general odour of an art movie purposefully going nowhere.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • The Limits of Control is hard work for the audience yet by degrees rewarding, captivating and fascinating.

    Jul 27, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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