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Nostalgia for the Light Reviews

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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
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
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
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
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2011
That rare documentary that's as thrilling as art as it is as reportage, a marvelously shaped thesis that's both disquieting and humbling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 13, 2011
For filmmaker Patricio Guzman, Chile's national shame seems to overpower even the stars.
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
May 13, 2011
The result is graceful, resonant, and humbling.
Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 14, 2011
Has the overwhelming power of an outrage to decency.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
March 18, 2011
Do not expect a lot of scientific knowledge, but the political message is strong and sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
Jennifer Merin
February 19, 2011
Patricio Guzman's exquisitely filmed, pensively narrated and profoundly humanistic documentary explores Chile's remote Atacama Desert, revealing essential truths about the mysterious universe and the human experience within it.
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
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 15, 2011
Nostalgia for the Light isn't didactic in the strictest sense. It simply shows the truth, illuminated by [Patricio Guzman]'s poetic voiceover narration and the found sound of wind and footsteps that echo across the desert plains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 10, 2012
A truly eye-opening experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Laura Clifford
May 22, 2011
...a provocative work, a documentary that doesn't merely present facts but induces its audience to connect ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 26, 2011
Original music, sure-handed editing, the stunning panorama and scope of the observatories, the desert and the night sky, plus the heartbreaking stories of the searchers, make this a top contender for best documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 26, 2011
A soul-searching meditation on the past.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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