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Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 15, 2002
Pretentious, ponderous and redundant."
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 8, 2002
Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.
Read More | 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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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 25, 2002
This is a film living far too much in its own head.
Read More | 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 17, 2002
If you're open to the film, it will leave you pondering human fate and asking unanswerable questions.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
October 17, 2002
Incoherence reigns.
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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.