Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Reviews

May 28, 2003
If the message seems more facile than the earlier films, the images have such a terrible beauty you may not care.
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.
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.
November 15, 2002
Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral.
November 15, 2002
Pretentious, ponderous and redundant."
November 8, 2002
Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.
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
The sound of Ma's cello alone is reason not to miss Naqoyqatsi.
October 25, 2002
The lightest of sensory candy.
October 25, 2002
I have problems with Naqoyqatsi as a film, but as a music video it's rather remarkable.
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 24, 2002
A disturbing and frighteningly evocative assembly of imagery and hypnotic music composed by Philip Glass.
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?
October 17, 2002
If you're open to the film, it will leave you pondering human fate and asking unanswerable questions.
October 17, 2002
Incoherence reigns.
October 15, 2002
The whole thing plays like a tired Tyco ad.
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.