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Northfork Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
...a transcendent tone poem, an arrangement in dun and gray marred only slightly by the brothers' insistence on the occasional tin-ear joke
| Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2005
A moody and layered meditation on and evocation of literal and figurative states of purgatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
June 13, 2004
With the pacing of a death march and the theological heft of Angels in the Outfield, this feel-bad extravaganza is 2003's Exhibit A of why people avoid arthouse cinema.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
May 21, 2004
It's a recipe for magical realism, and the Polish brothers deliver with a stunning cinematic statement.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 19, 2004
This droll surrealistic fantasy is like a gentler David Lynch hallucination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
Characters talk in solemn monotones, as if the entire drama were taking place in a funeral parlor.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 23, 2003
The Polish brothers may be too clever for their own good; this film feels self-indulgent, like an inside joke we could never get without reading a book about the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 12, 2003
Northfork is visually stunning, thematically rich and, ultimately, about as exciting as watching an old car rust.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
The art-house version of a summer blockbuster: All style and no substance.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
September 1, 2003
Poetry put to pictures.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 30, 2003
It plays out, dreamlike, often beautifully shot and visually appealing, but seemingly without purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 22, 2003
This pretty odd little fantasy-drama is more likely to leave audiences scratching their heads than it is to warm their hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 22, 2003
There is a lot less going on in Northfork than its dour acting, odd symbolism and funereal take-us-seriously-or-else tone would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 21, 2003
This is the strongest, most cohesive film from the brothers Polish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 19, 2003
Northfork will give you food for reflection or a case of the hives.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 11, 2003
The sympathetic might describe 'Northfork' as a cinematic poem or allegorical fairy tale. The uncharitable might prefer such terms as 'hokum' or 'hooey'...
| Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 10, 2003
There is a posture of icy remove to the Polish brothers' film that washes everything in the same bleached palette employed in M. David Mullen's faultless cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 10, 2003
Funny and alive and visually delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
August 9, 2003
The jokey elements are artificial, and strike a note of banality that undermines whatever sense of transcendence the film might be attempting in its stark, sweeping cinematography and mystical, dreamy milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 7, 2003
Beware of smarty-pants filmmakers run amok in small-town America.
| Original Score: 2/4
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