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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Reviews

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March 18, 2012
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film, a thriller as challenging as Antonioni's Blow-Up, is his finest work to date.
March 16, 2012
This is the best controlled film of this major director - even one of the best films of the past year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2012
The climactic hour is a deflating slog that fails to build upon what went before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2012
Ceylan has planted the murder genre in a new and reflective spot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2012
A subtitled film full of mystery and dark tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2012
The performances are as impeccable as Gokhan Tiryaki's cinematography, but it's Ceylan's mastery of composition and pacing that makes this so visually striking and dramatically compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2012
Intrigues almost more in retrospect than it does when you're watching it, as enigmas and emotions around the case are teased out, and the oblique power of a remarkable ending sneaks up and stuns you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2012
If you're in a hurry, don't go near this film. If you're not in a hurry, don't go anywhere else. It could change your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 15, 2012
Ceylan displays pure, exhilarating mastery in this film: it is made with such confidence and flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 15, 2012
Ceylan has forged a new template for the police procedural.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 15, 2012
Ceylan dramatises how his characters - and we along with them - are never really seeing the full picture but rather merely glimpsing fragments of narrative through the shifting moonlight, village blackouts and lightning flashes.
March 14, 2012
Beautifully shot and superbly directed, this is a haunting, contemplative Turkish drama that transcends its lengthy running time thanks to strong performances, a thought-provoking script and some stunning visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2012
Ceylan's visual style is less heightened, more down-to-earth than the more stylised 'Three Monkeys', but still some of the night-time scenes look like careful paintings, such is the precision of their lighting and composition.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 12, 2012
A Film of Ideas about morality and truth... accrues to itself a powerful atmosphere of chaos giving way to order.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 11, 2012
Complex and sophisticated, this genre-defying crime story is spellbinding viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2012
Mannered, deliberate film (some might say SLOW) that somehow gains accumulated power through its director's incredible eye for composition and appreciation for the beauty of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5.0
March 8, 2012
Ceylan doesn't slap us with big dramatic moments, but allows us to live along with his characters as things occur to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 5, 2012
It is epic in its aims and achievements yet modest in its resources: some superb actors, stunning landscapes and a resonant, understated script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 5, 2012
Closer in metaphysical spirit to Kiarostami than to Leone, it lingers thanks to beautifully lit widescreen images of lived-in faces and barren, beautiful landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 2, 2012
Stories are told, told again later, embellished. Slowly but surely, each of the characters becomes three dimensional and early impressions change and change again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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