Nocturama Reviews

October 9, 2017
Though director Bertrand Bonello's exacting vision of a Parisian terror plot is as stylised and tensely structured as a psychological thriller, the drama plays out with unnerving realism.
September 7, 2017
Much like Bonello's previous film, "Yves Saint Laurent," "Nocturama" revels in pure experience. But the sum total of its gliding abstractions is a mite brainless.
September 7, 2017
You're in for the most suspenseful film to hit town all year.
August 28, 2017
The frivolity of the film's unexpressed political earnestness-Bonello's unwillingness to give voice to his or his characters' ideas-is matched by the emptiness of its aesthetic.
August 14, 2017
It is at once damnable and debonair. It seduces as it repels.
August 11, 2017
You may not think that a movie that asks you to understand terrorists is for you, but if you give Bonello 130 minutes of your time, he'll make you a believer.
August 10, 2017
When the ruthless, faceless power of the state finally asserts itself, what is meant to be a shocking climax merits little more than a nod and a shrug.
August 8, 2017
The film mesmerizes and alienates equally.
November 15, 2016
If this is artistic self-indulgence, then please, please, let us have more.
October 21, 2016
Nocturama makes an intriguingly cinematic case for showing over telling. But as a depiction of how, and why, terrorists (or anarchists or whatever they are) can take down a city, it falls apart in the face of what happens in the real world.
October 21, 2016
A disturbingly relevant snapshot of contemporary tensions.
October 21, 2016
Nocturama is enthralling until the bitter end, but it's so hard to distill its purpose that you can't tell if the film is opaque or if it simply offers nothing to see.
October 21, 2016
Throughout the film, the teenagers never discuss the exact motivation behind their attacks. In fact, they barely talk at all. Yet their deafening silence is revelatory in itself, speaking of a general, suffocating malaise in the Parisian air.
September 9, 2016
Too crafty to ignore, but too obnoxious to embrace.