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Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Dequina
December 27, 2006
The only feeling one comes away from Naqoyqatsi is admiration of its technological virtuosity--certainly not what Reggio intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 31, 2003
The collected sum of the images equal a work of kitsch art.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jurgen Fauth
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
May 28, 2003
If the message seems more facile than the earlier films, the images have such a terrible beauty you may not care.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 11, 2003
The saturation bombing of Reggio's images and Glass' evocative music ... ultimately leaves viewers with the task of divining meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 18, 2003
Can be viewed as pure composition and form -- film as music
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: C+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 10, 2003
Despite its visual virtuosity, 'Naqoyqatsi' is banal in its message and the choice of material to convey it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
December 2, 2002
My advice is to skip the film and pick up the soundtrack.
Jason Anderson
November 19, 2002
While the juxtapositions are occasionally intriguing, much of the imagery is so hackneyed ... it feels dead to the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
Pretentious, ponderous and redundant."
Dan Gross
Philadelphia Daily News
November 8, 2002
Whether you're moved and love it, or bored or frustrated by the film, you'll still feel something.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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