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Northfork Reviews

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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
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James Berardinelli
July 22, 2003
In devoting all of their efforts towards the film's look and feel, co-creators Mark and Michael Polish have crafted a motion picture that is static, occasionally opaque, and, worst of all, boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 9, 2003
So stuck is the movie inside the heads and hearts of its indisputably gifted makers, it never quite makes the leap into ours.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 14, 2003
It does look good, I just didn't feel like it had a story that moved me.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2003
A Dali-esque dreamscape where visual inventiveness and narrative incoherence combine to form a result that's both entrancing and sleep-inducing.
Eric D. Snider
August 30, 2003
It plays out, dreamlike, often beautifully shot and visually appealing, but seemingly without purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
July 27, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 10, 2003
The cinematic equivalent of an elaborate and poetically constructed non sequitur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 10, 2003
Perhaps the Polish brothers' strategy is to put the audience to sleep so viewers aren't sure what parts of the movie they watched and what parts they dreamed.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 19, 2003
"Northfork" benefits from reflection, but there is no denying its flaws. The Polish brothers clearly have a vision, but it is rarified and they only succeed in conveying part of it
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
July 23, 2003
What little enthusiasm I drummed up for this hyper-precocious indie will be tucked away for December's Worst of the Year list.
| Original Score: 1/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
August 5, 2003
This Polish brothers' drama, about the imminent flooding of a small Montana town, takes on the unfortunate air of an inside joke that you're not invited to share.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
July 10, 2003
The movie is as much a triumph of production design as any popcorn blockbuster -- and just as shallow on the inside.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 11, 2003
A drearily pretentious allegory.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 17, 2003
Just too lost in its own presumed self-enchantment.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 19, 2003
Unbelievably boring.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 19, 2003
Northfork feels like the unedited dream sequence from the movie it might have been, if only there'd been someone to wake up from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2003
Numbing and inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 25, 2003
Though the Polish brothers are saying good-bye to the heartland with the conclusion of Northfork, you may feel as if you've beat them out of town.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 25, 2003
Too self-indulgent.
| Original Score: C-
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