Notes on an Appearance Reviews

June 30, 2020
By emphasizing the banality of everyday life, even when events are extreme, D'Ambrose achieves the paradoxical feat of making an hour-long film .. both slow and action-packed.
November 6, 2019
A strange, concise and intelligent film. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 3, 2019
D'Ambrose is clearly a filmmaker to watch, whose ideas and musings, much like Bresson's, are inexorably tied to film form in such a way that finds emotional truth through stylistic distance
January 10, 2019
We're in deep, art house territory, but not without a sense of humor.
October 23, 2018
Despite [its] flaws, Notes on an Appearance illustrates a confident director who leans heavily on his own idiosyncratic style, something that can't be faulted too much.
October 17, 2018
"Notes on an Appearance" feels constructed like a maze with no exit.
October 12, 2018
Zero-budget experimental minimalist thriller.
August 20, 2018
D'Ambrose conjures a vast imaginary world of intellectual intrigue in tiny, antic touches, which provide the context for a febrile drama of youthful ambition and frustration.
August 17, 2018
A small, curiously enticing movie with the aspect of a game about it, a deceptively simple looking game with only a few moving pieces, though you'll have to muddle through without the instruction book
August 17, 2018
If Mr. D'Ambrose doesn't quite earn his pretensions, it's refreshing to see a filmmaker thinking so far outside the box.
August 17, 2018
This is a feature debut that proceeds with a forthright intelligence, moving in the exact thrilling and wonderfully bewildering manner that D'Ambrose wishes.
August 14, 2018
Notes on an Appearance relays a narrative teeming with incident - death, disappearance - through an elusive yet methodical style.
July 27, 2018
Outwardly the film comes off as a fussy exercise, holding emotion as well as spectacle at bay. Within the academic approach, however, is a desire for purity which has its apocalyptic side.
June 8, 2018
With an apparent budgetary austerity, [director Ricky] D'Ambrose squeezes every ounce of everything he has to generate a complex story, well assembled and with disturbing visual power. [Full review in Spanish]
April 5, 2018
This tale of a young man who goes missing in Brooklyn has some intriguing moments and a unique visual style, but it proves far too elliptical to be of much more than academic interest.