Critic Consensus: Laugh-out-loud humor and Cate Blanchett's tour de force performance(s) make Manifesto worth watching, even if the subject matter is too esoteric for all but a few.
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Critic Reviews for Manifesto
There's something increasingly mesmerising about Julian Rosefeldt's translation of his own 13-screen gallery piece to cinema.
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.
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.
"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 ...
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.
Audience Reviews for Manifesto
Despite the striking visuals and Cate Blanchett's impressive surrender playing 13 different characters, what we see here must work a lot better as separated gallery pieces instead of put together, since the result is chaotic, confusing, self-indulgent and gets tiring real fast.
More of an extended art project than a movie. Blanchett appears to be having the time of her life here, delivering some really humorous moments.
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