Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Reviews

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August 6, 2019
Each new discovery is as pleasurable and as thought provoking as the last, adding up to a deeply resonant cinematic experience that continues to grow in estimation upon further reflection.
March 18, 2019
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia was one of the highlights of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the Grand Prix.
December 19, 2018
Those that can embrace its patient, visually-enthralling style and sparse, yet affecting dialogue will be rewarded with a film of grand ambition, delving deep into the human condition and questioning our very moral fabric.
August 30, 2018
A profoundly beautiful film that revels in the lyrical and the mundane, and suggests that art does transcend the futility of existence.
August 23, 2018
To watch this film requires some patience, but it's an excellent examination of people in a high stress situation.
October 7, 2015
While Gkhan Tiryaki's cinematography is phenomenal, the film is, at its best, a wasted opportunity.
June 19, 2013
Ceylan's own growing reputation will, I hope, continue to grow. He uses the realistic film as an avenue to what lies around and beyond the realism.
May 16, 2013
Uma obra encantadora e hipntica.
December 23, 2012
This is a very slow-moving movie, but it also has its attractions, such as its beautiful cinematography by Gkhan Tiryaki, particularly the wide angle shots showing the vastness of the Turkish landscape.
August 21, 2012
The literal "once upon a time" of a series of disillusioned men who no longer think about the future because they obsess over the past.
July 14, 2012
It's a masterpiece crime story that tells us as much about searching for the truth in modern Turkey as it does about violent criminals and those who prosecute them.
July 10, 2012
You can't expect a slow burn drama to payoff spectacularly unless it burns slowly, and this is precisely what Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan orchestrates in this masterful murder-mystery.
June 30, 2012
It's a unique film that is best enjoyed knowing very little about it - so go and take a look
June 30, 2012
Mesmerising cinema... This is a film that deserves your attention. It may be slow and the plot points obtuse, but the rewards are great
May 24, 2012
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a film that stays on the mind days after the credits role. While quiet in tone it is rich in character and atmosphere.
May 16, 2012
It runs 157 minutes, and I can't say you don't feel them. You do - but in the way you would, reading a very good book in an uncomfortable chair.
May 11, 2012
... while quiet in tone, is rich in its character studies...
May 11, 2012
A movie of such dark, smoldering intensity that it's easy to forget that half of it takes place in near darkness.
May 7, 2012
Nuri Bilge Ceylan uses a matter of life and death to look at the mundane, human nature, and the mystical effect of women on men in his sixth feature film, a masterpiece.
May 4, 2012
The pace is sometimes grindingly slow, and at more than two-and-a-half hours, Ceylan's exploration of its characters' shifting views on the truth can become wearying.
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