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The Man Without a Past Reviews

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Josh Larsen
May 19, 2016
...dourly delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anton Bitel
Daily Info
May 4, 2015
M's past... is almost an irrelevance, for Kaurismäki's film is really concerned with the possibility of wiping the slate clean and replacing globalised, corporate living with the values of a utopian community of barter and free association.
Boyd van Hoeij
February 20, 2005
What sets this film apart from other quirky adventures is its internal coherence (both in terms of storytelling and visual style) as well as the humanity of its characters.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
With its rusty railroads and dingy metal canisters where the downtrodden dwell, [the movie] finds color, surprise, and joy in the simplicity of these struggling Helsinki outcasts.
| Original Score: A
Dan Jardine
February 12, 2004
Kaurismaki's affection for and faith in people shines through even in the darkest moments
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 17, 2004
A slow-paced film, it certainly has its rewards for the patient viewer, but it is not the kind of film to knock your socks off with its sparkling comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 10, 2004
Lo grandioso de El Hombre sin Pasado es que es una película simple, sobre cosas simples, y sobre personas simples.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
A wistful, romantic concoction served straight-up, with no chaser to brace you against the strong kick of reality. . . . unforgettable.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 20, 2003
Should please those who can live with the droll acting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jurgen Fauth
October 8, 2003
One of the warmest and funniest films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 29, 2003
To vindicate a much-maligned term, it's a nice picture.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2003
Kaurismaki's movies can tickle you with the briefest of statements, the smallest of gestures.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2003
A totally strange, beguiling, sadly humorous and humorously sad little film that's apt to linger in your memory far longer than many a more immediately impressive work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
August 1, 2003
It's an oblique film, so quiet that at times it seems barely more than a whisper. But don't mistake that for fragility. It boasts a hard, clear voice.
| Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 30, 2003
As in the films of Charlie Chaplin, 'Past' presents the downcast and needy as human beings of worth, humor and dignity...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 27, 2003
Like the better films of Frank Capra, this movie combines irony and a humanist outlook with substantial social criticism.
| Original Score: 9/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 27, 2003
This may be the most accessible of Kaurismaki's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2003
At the end of The Man Without a Past, I felt a deep but indefinable contentment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2003
A powerful film made with minimal means, it's a story of poor people on the fringes of society, done without sentimentality or condescension but with wicked humor.
| Original Score: 4/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 27, 2003
Peltola [gives] a deadpan performance that combines the comic gravity of Buster Keaton and the sweet sentiment of Charlie Chaplin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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