Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

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December 27, 2006
The only feeling one comes away from Naqoyqatsi is admiration of its technological virtuosity--certainly not what Reggio intended.
August 17, 2005
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.
December 31, 2003
The collected sum of the images equal a work of kitsch art.
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.
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.
February 10, 2003
Despite its visual virtuosity, 'Naqoyqatsi' is banal in its message and the choice of material to convey it.
January 31, 2003
What was once original has been co-opted so frequently that it now seems pedestrian.
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.
December 2, 2002
My advice is to skip the film and pick up the soundtrack.
November 19, 2002
While the juxtapositions are occasionally intriguing, much of the imagery is so hackneyed ... it feels dead to the eye.
November 15, 2002
Pretentious, ponderous and redundant."
November 8, 2002
Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.
November 5, 2002
It's not a film to be taken literally on any level, but its focus always appears questionable.
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.
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.
October 25, 2002
The filmmaker seems determined to deliver profound messages about mankind, but most are so simple a child could have crafted them.
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.
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.
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