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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
While G÷khan Tiryaki's cinematography is phenomenal, the film is, at its best, a wasted opportunity.
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 16, 2013
Uma obra encantadora e hipnˇtica.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 23, 2012
This is a very slow-moving movie, but it also has its attractions, such as its beautiful cinematography by G÷khan Tiryaki, particularly the wide angle shots showing the vastness of the Turkish landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Simon Miraudo
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 30, 2012
It's a unique film that is best enjoyed knowing very little about it - so go and take a look
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 11, 2012
... while quiet in tone, is rich in its character studies...
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Larsen
April 9, 2012
...as if a lush landscape painting is being invaded by the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2012
A police procedural as existential inquiry, set in a remote dreamscape of mystery and foreboding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
April 5, 2012
With its wide-open setting and taciturn, macho characters, it's a film that earns the right to use the "Once Upon a Time" title that Sergio Leone made so perversely famous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
The denouement offers a satisfactory conclusion to a drama that, in its scope, rigour and discipline, confirms Ceylan as a contemporary master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2012
Ceylan doesn't offer much in the way of resolution, but his oblique approach does cumulatively imply much about ripple effect the crime has on all those who come into contact with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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