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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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
August 13, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
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
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 28, 2003
If the message seems more facile than the earlier films, the images have such a terrible beauty you may not care.
Read More | 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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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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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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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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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
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+

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
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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?
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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