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Nostalgia for the Light Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 18, 2016
Often stark and ravishing, Nostalgia for the Light is most moving as a manifestation of the filmmaker's stubborn righteousness.
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Moving and poetic, with beautiful composition and strong direction, Nostalgia For The Light has an authentic sense of gravitas.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
August 12, 2012
The vast expanse of the world's driest place - captured here in all its arid intensity - makes for a fascinating and eerie backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony McKibbin
The List
July 17, 2012
Patricio Guzman returns to the subject of his masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 14, 2012
This is a film to be seen, re-seen and pondered.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 13, 2012
A seriously remarkable documentary-essay from the Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 13, 2012
A remarkably lyrical, strikingly beautiful documentary reflecting on memory, mortality and the inexorable passing of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 12, 2012
This is one of the films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 12, 2012
You wait all year for a thought-provoking movie-essay on life, art, science or history. Then in Nostalgia for the Light all four arrive together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carmen Gray
Little White Lies
July 12, 2012
Sticking in the mind, Nostalgia for the Light leaves much food for thought on life's important questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 11, 2012
Pasts both collective and personal are thoughtfully examined in Patricio Guzmán's ethereal documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jennifer Tate
July 11, 2012
A fascinating and insightful documentary combining philosophical theories with personal tragedies that's beautifully directed and magnificent to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 10, 2012
A truly eye-opening experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 8, 2012
A truly insightful art film that still manages to be easy-going and unpretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
July 2, 2012
A film that makes you ponder the mysteries of human existence anew.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 27, 2011
Not just a phenomenal human story - which was guaranteed from the moment Guzmán chose his subject - but a gripping work of cinema as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 26, 2011
A soul-searching meditation on the past.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 15, 2011 almost perfect documentary, confronting history, memory, and science in a way that touches the heart, provokes the mind, and humbles the spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
June 10, 2011
In this poetic - though overstated - documentary, Patricio Guzmán ponders these two ways of looking back in time, merging the celestial and sublunary like Terrence Malick in The Tree of Life or Werner Herzog in Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 9, 2011
A nearly unbearable examination of good and bad in the human heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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