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Nostalgia for the Light Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 10, 2012
A truly eye-opening experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 22, 2011
Guzmán offers a poetic narrative that celebrates the searches and insists on the moral obligation to remember Chile's not-too-distant past.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 22, 2011
The filmmaker's masterpiece, an exquisitely filmed, poetically written meditation on how past and present fuse in humanity's most unresolved questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2011
A film of rare visual poetry that's simultaneously personal, political and philosophical, it's a genuine art film that's also unpretentious and easygoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 31, 2011
"I am convinced that memory has gravitational force," says Guzmán in conclusion. "Nostalgia" states his case so beautifully that even skeptical physicists will be thoroughly convinced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 18, 2011
Katell Djian's stunning cinematography adds to the film's power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 17, 2011
The film's passionate insistence on remembrance lends it a moral as well as a metaphysical weight. Mr. Guzmán's belief in eternal memory is an astounding leap of faith.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
March 17, 2011
As a work of nonfiction, it deserves its own nomenclature. "Docu-poem" is too inelegant; "masterpiece" works, although it's been used before.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 16, 2011
A moving meditation on history, knowledge and mortality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 14, 2011
Has the overwhelming power of an outrage to decency.
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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
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2011
Patricio Guzmán's documentary, Nostalgia for the Light, pays equal attention to the astronomers and searchers, regarding their quest as the same -- a search for life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4