Manifesto Reviews

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November 29, 2017
... a deeply unironic and mildly gross Blanchett showreel.
November 24, 2017
After meeting the first few characters I was gripped by an overwhelming desire to nod off. Then I saw the light.
November 22, 2017
There is a hypnotic fascination to this work by artist and film-maker Julian Rosefeldt, one of the few commercial films that explores the boundaries between cinema and installation, or cinema and video art.
November 22, 2017
Occasionally obscure, but bold and abrasive. Never fails to command attention.
November 20, 2017
There's something increasingly mesmerising about Julian Rosefeldt's translation of his own 13-screen gallery piece to cinema.
June 29, 2017
You may not know much about 20th-century art manifestos, but you'll know what you like with Cate Blanchett's stunning turn as 13 wildly diverse characters who explore them in Manifesto.
June 21, 2017
A kind of monotony sets in, as if we're being compelled to hear the effusions of a bright adolescent in an endlessly defiant mood.
June 8, 2017
"Manifesto" isn't for everybody. But even if you're unfamiliar with Dada and couldn't care less about Fluxus, it's a treat to watch an actress at the top of her game ...
June 2, 2017
Some bits are less effective and/or more obscure, but few last long enough to wear out their welcome, thanks to writer-director Julian Rosefeldt's clever, complementary visuals and to his affectionate, interested approach - even when he's poking fun.
May 25, 2017
Whatever Rosefeldt intended, "Manifesto" doesn't quite set forth a manifesto of its own. But it's a blast of fresh air.
Top Critic
May 14, 2017
Despite the hit-and-miss nature of this highfalutin concept-art, "Manifesto" comes across as successfully, outrageously funny.
May 11, 2017
Rosefeldt and a very game Blanchett spring one surprising creation on the viewer after the other. But what it all adds up to is of course up for debate.
May 11, 2017
Ph.D.s in art theory will chuckle knowingly as everyone else eyes the exit.
May 10, 2017
The production is extraordinary considering the constraints.
May 10, 2017
It's no longer a showcase primarily for the artist. Manifesto becomes a tribute to the actor - and to the process of acting itself.
May 10, 2017
Blanchett delivering these intimidating texts, and completely changing the internal context from which each text emerges, is so breathlessly inventive that it's nothing less than totally entertaining.
May 10, 2017
Even as Rosefeldt mines intellectual elitism, he reveals a disdain for pretension in the film's centerpiece monologue.
May 9, 2017
Manifesto works best as a thought experiment; fitting it into cinematic convention makes it a little more boring and confounding.
May 9, 2017
As an installation, "Manifesto" may have seemed like a sensory onslaught. As a movie, it's a very elaborate intellectual exercise, immaculate in every technical detail.
April 26, 2017
Blanchett has no fear as a performer, and she has such enormous appetite for acting that she rips into each of the characters she is playing as if she were hungrily stripping meat off of chicken legs and then hurling the bones over her shoulder.
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