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Northfork Reviews

August 7, 2003
For me, the Polish brothers marched down a road leading nowhere.
August 7, 2003
A compelling juxtaposition of the poignant and the bizarre, a movie that tosses moviemaking rules into the nearest Cuisinart.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2003
For those on its peculiar wavelength, everything fits. For those who aren't, it's a painful piece of self-impressed drivel. Either way, you'll know you've been to the movies.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 1, 2003
It's a tone poem of a movie, more visual than coherent. As such, what it's about is less important than the spell it casts.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2003
An insufferably artsy, pretentious work, the sort of picture that gives art films a bad name.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 1, 2003
It is impossible to describe all the rich layers of Northfork, clearly an exhausting labor of love for the Polish brothers who wrote, produced, directed and star in the mystical movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 31, 2003
A story so tender, so achingly sweet, you'll forgive the rest of the film its amorphousness.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 25, 2003
Impenetrable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2003
Too self-indulgent.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
July 24, 2003
A powerful, surreal fable, one that requires a small amount of patience from the viewer in exchange for a moving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 22, 2003
Possesses an undeniable, haunting grandeur.
July 22, 2003
Numbing and inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 22, 2003
Weighed down, if not sunk, by an anchor of ponderousness.
July 22, 2003
You may resist Northfork, but I doubt you'll be able to forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
July 19, 2003
Unbelievably boring.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 19, 2003
Northfork just about gets us off the ground on its dreamy, feathery angel wings; it just doesn't have the strength or the stamina to keep us aloft.
July 17, 2003
Just too lost in its own presumed self-enchantment.
July 14, 2003
It does look good, I just didn't feel like it had a story that moved me.
July 11, 2003
It has that vintage Polish pace, their signature arch pomposity and rhythmless weirdness, only this time the brothers had to go and make a cosmic allegory of American dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
July 11, 2003
Remarkable love letter to the disappearance of the American frontier.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 11, 2003
A drearily pretentious allegory.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 11, 2003
The movie is visionary and elegiac, more a fable than a story, and frame by frame, it looks like a portfolio of spaces so wide, so open, that men must wonder if they have a role beneath such indifferent skies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 10, 2003
The cinematic equivalent of an elaborate and poetically constructed non sequitur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 10, 2003
At a moment when so many films strive to be obvious and interchangeable as possible, it is gratifying to find one that is puzzling, subtle and handmade.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 10, 2003
An enigmatic yet seductive film that presents a challenge to the viewer even as it evokes a mystical feeling of transcendence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2003
The movie is as much a triumph of production design as any popcorn blockbuster -- and just as shallow on the inside.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 10, 2003
A dreamy saga with a fantastical feel, epic sweep and a star cast headed by James Woods, Nick Nolte and Daryl Hannah.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
July 8, 2003
This last of the brothers' American heartland trilogy suffers from their trademark self-satisfaction, but as with Idaho, a suffused empathy nearly makes up for the belaboring of key messages.
February 11, 2003
Like the best work of David Lynch, Northfork is that rare movie that draws you in more (rather than alienating you) at precisely those moments when you least understand it.
February 11, 2003
Hats off to Michael Polish for his otherworldly slants on the barren expanse of this far-out Americana essay.