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Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

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November 8, 2002
It is psychedelic, hypnotic, exhilarating and horrifying, and sometimes all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2002
Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
October 31, 2002
Reggio's trippy, ambitious downer can also sometimes come across like nothing more than a glorified Nike ad.
October 25, 2002
This is a film living far too much in its own head.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 25, 2002
The sound of Ma's cello alone is reason not to miss Naqoyqatsi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2002
The lightest of sensory candy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2002
The filmmaker seems determined to deliver profound messages about mankind, but most are so simple a child could have crafted them.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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+
October 24, 2002
A disturbing and frighteningly evocative assembly of imagery and hypnotic music composed by Philip Glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 20, 2002
Will probably stay in the shadow of its two older, more accessible Qatsi siblings.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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+
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?
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2002
If you can pronounce the title, it's a good bet you'll enjoy Naqoyqatsi.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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