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The Man Without a Past Reviews

August 29, 2003
Kaurismaki's movies can tickle you with the briefest of statements, the smallest of gestures.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 19, 2003
Deliciously slow-paced film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2003
Wry, whimsical and sure of tone, dry in all of the right ways and without an ounce of condescension.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 23, 2003
Full of deadpan humor.
Read More | Original Score: A-
May 16, 2003
This movie ... may matter to you more than you think.
May 16, 2003
A gentle, surprising little movie whose rewards lie in what its characters don't say as much as in what they do.
May 16, 2003
A dour-faced but sublime comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 15, 2003
A compassionate and darkly funny shaggy-dog story.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 2, 2003
The director has found a way to make an amusing fable about the costs and possibilities of freedom.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 25, 2003
That rare thing: a movie that makes you feel good by sharing some of your pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 25, 2003
It's a movie that genuinely makes an audience happy -- Kaurismäki understands, and shows us, how a lost past can be redeemed by a hopeful future, and how an unknown place can become a home.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 25, 2003
[Kaurismaki] trusts us to find the humor and the humanity that coexist in his world and in the process retains a purity of style and intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 25, 2003
Delightful and clever.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2003
[Kaurismaki's] a humanist bearing witness to the human parade. To be part of that parade is to be touched by his perspective, and to have your world altered -- magically, fleetingly, memorably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 24, 2003
The prolific Kaurismaki's sweetest slice-of-lifer yet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2003
This underclass fable is slight, finally, but its miserable/waggishly optimistic worldview leaves you feeling a little more alive.
April 21, 2003
It's wonderfully refreshing.
April 20, 2003
A delicious blend of hilarity and heartbreak.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 16, 2003
Droll, reticent, flawlessly filmed fable of generosity.
April 10, 2003
Offers up a subversive comic sensibility, one that somehow combines Buster Keaton's deadpan stare with Frank Capra's tireless optimism and filters them both through a black-ice Finnish point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 10, 2003
In vibrant color, accompanied by mutated Finnish rockabilly and possessed by Kaurismaki's trademark bleak hilarity, it includes all the deadpan delivery, heavy drinking and bad luck of his earlier films.
April 10, 2003
A surprisingly quirky and touching romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2003
An understated but weirdly grabbing portrait of a man who loses his memory after being mugged and cobbles together an alternative existence with minimal means.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2003
Sublime, with a touch of the ridiculous.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2003
An extraordinarily good-natured movie.
April 3, 2003
Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki's serious sense of social compassion doesn't get in the way of great dark jokes in The Man Without a Past.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 1, 2003
This may not be Kaurismäki's masterpiece, but it is a movie of sustained stylistic integrity -- and it has the power to make you laugh.
November 25, 2002
It is at once artful and unpretentious, sophisticated and completely accessible, sure of its own authority and generous toward characters and audience alike -- a movie whose intended public is the human race.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 5, 2002
A sublime work, at once comic, melancholy, meditative, liberating and philosophical.