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Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

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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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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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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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+
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
Phil Hall
Film Threat
October 3, 2002
Skip the film and buy the Philip Glass soundtrack CD.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
December 2, 2002
My advice is to skip the film and pick up the soundtrack.
Erich Scholz
October 17, 2002
Much of the digitally altered footage appears jagged, as if filmed directly from a television monitor, while the extensive use of stock footage quickly becomes a tiresome cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Par Parekh
Film Journal International
October 2, 2002
Reggio falls victim to relying on the very digital technology that he fervently scorns, creating a meandering, inarticulate and ultimately disappointing film.
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
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
October 15, 2002
The whole thing plays like a tired Tyco ad.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 5, 2002
Twenty years later, Reggio still knows how to make a point with poetic imagery, but his ability to startle has been stifled by the very prevalence of the fast-forward technology that he so stringently takes to task.
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
October 17, 2002
Incoherence reigns.
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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