Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

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May 7, 2008
Too much of a good thing being bombarded with an hour and a half of trippy images that appear to be lecturing me on how miserable, yet strangely beautiful, modern life is.
December 27, 2006
The only feeling one comes away from Naqoyqatsi is admiration of its technological virtuosity--certainly not what Reggio intended.
August 17, 2005
August 13, 2004
March 1, 2004
Socially aware, but so nihilistic and fatalistic that it's irrelevant since it is unwilling to push towards the social change that the prior films supported so adamently.
December 31, 2003
Reggio's ever-evolving style in this film doesn't have the same mesmerizing quality as his previous efforts...but nobody makes more accessible non-narrative conceptual cinema.
December 31, 2003
The collected sum of the images equal a work of kitsch art.
October 15, 2003
Instead of helping us step out of our world, which has become inundated with imagery, Naqoyqatsi gives us more of the same, and our eyes glaze over.
May 28, 2003
If the message seems more facile than the earlier films, the images have such a terrible beauty you may not care.
April 11, 2003
The saturation bombing of Reggio's images and Glass' evocative music ... ultimately leaves viewers with the task of divining meaning.
April 11, 2003
Like its two predecessors, 1983's Koyaanisqatsi and 1988's Powaqqatsi, the cinematic collage Naqoyqatsi could be the most navel-gazing film ever.
February 18, 2003
Can be viewed as pure composition and form -- film as music
February 14, 2003
At its best, Naqoyqatsi awakens the eyes, but it doesn't really do much to tweak the conscience. It's difficult to feel a sense of outrage while you're in a trance.
February 10, 2003
Despite its visual virtuosity, 'Naqoyqatsi' is banal in its message and the choice of material to convey it.
January 31, 2003
What was once original has been co-opted so frequently that it now seems pedestrian.
January 31, 2003
It's a little difficult to say go out and see this movie, because it's not exactly a movie - it's more like a picture book for the big screen.
January 30, 2003
If you open yourself up to Mr. Reggio's theory of this imagery as the movie's set ... it can impart an almost visceral sense of dislocation and change.
December 2, 2002
My advice is to skip the film and pick up the soundtrack.
November 19, 2002
While the juxtapositions are occasionally intriguing, much of the imagery is so hackneyed ... it feels dead to the eye.
November 15, 2002
Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral.
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