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Northfork Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 7, 2003
For me, the Polish brothers marched down a road leading nowhere.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 7, 2003
A compelling juxtaposition of the poignant and the bizarre, a movie that tosses moviemaking rules into the nearest Cuisinart.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
| Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 1, 2003
An insufferably artsy, pretentious work, the sort of picture that gives art films a bad name.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 1, 2003
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 31, 2003
A story so tender, so achingly sweet, you'll forgive the rest of the film its amorphousness.
| Original Score: B
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 25, 2003
Impenetrable.
| 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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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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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 22, 2003
Possesses an undeniable, haunting grandeur.
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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 22, 2003
Weighed down, if not sunk, by an anchor of ponderousness.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 22, 2003
You may resist Northfork, but I doubt you'll be able to forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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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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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 19, 2003
Unbelievably boring.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 17, 2003
Just too lost in its own presumed self-enchantment.
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 11, 2003
Remarkable love letter to the disappearance of the American frontier.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
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.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2003
Hats off to Michael Polish for his otherworldly slants on the barren expanse of this far-out Americana essay.