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Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 8, 2002
It is psychedelic, hypnotic, exhilarating and horrifying, and sometimes all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 8, 2002
Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 5, 2002
It's not a film to be taken literally on any level, but its focus always appears questionable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 2, 2002
At a time when commercialism has squeezed the life out of whatever idealism American moviemaking ever had, Godfrey Reggio's career shines like a lonely beacon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 31, 2002
Reggio's trippy, ambitious downer can also sometimes come across like nothing more than a glorified Nike ad.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 25, 2002
This is a film living far too much in its own head.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Octavio Roca
San Francisco Chronicle
October 25, 2002
The sound of Ma's cello alone is reason not to miss Naqoyqatsi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 25, 2002
The lightest of sensory candy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2002
I have problems with Naqoyqatsi as a film, but as a music video it's rather remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 25, 2002
Reggio and Glass so rhapsodize cynicism, with repetition and languorous slo-mo sequences, that Glass's dirgelike score becomes a fang-baring lullaby.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
October 25, 2002
The filmmaker seems determined to deliver profound messages about mankind, but most are so simple a child could have crafted them.
| Original Score: 2/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 24, 2002
Like all abstract art, the film does not make this statement in an easily accessible way, and -- unless prewarned -- it would be very possible for a reasonably intelligent person to sit through its tidal wave of imagery and not get this vision at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
October 24, 2002
A disturbing and frighteningly evocative assembly of imagery and hypnotic music composed by Philip Glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 21, 2002
Though it inspires some (out-of-field) creative thought, the film is -- to its own detriment -- much more a cinematic collage than a polemical tract.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
October 20, 2002
Will probably stay in the shadow of its two older, more accessible Qatsi siblings.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
October 19, 2002
Stands as one of the year's most intriguing movie experiences, letting its imagery speak for it while it forces you to ponder anew what a movie can be.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 18, 2002
Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this, the final part of the 'qatsi' trilogy, directed by Godfrey Reggio, with music by Philip Glass?
| Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
October 18, 2002
If you can pronounce the title, it's a good bet you'll enjoy Naqoyqatsi.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 18, 2002
A bold and subversive film that cuts across the grain of what is popular and powerful in this high-tech age, speaking its truths with spellbinding imagery and the entrancing music of Philip Glass.
October 17, 2002
Thoughtful essay.
| Original Score: 3/5
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