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.
Uma obra encantadora e hipnˇtica.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 9/10
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.
| Original Score: A+
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a unique film that is best enjoyed knowing very little about it - so go and take a look
Mesmerising cinema... This is a film that deserves your attention. It may be slow and the plot points obtuse, but the rewards are great
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
... while quiet in tone, is rich in its character studies...
| Original Score: A
A movie of such dark, smoldering intensity that it's easy to forget that half of it takes place in near darkness.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
...as if a lush landscape painting is being invaded by the cinema.
A police procedural as existential inquiry, set in a remote dreamscape of mystery and foreboding.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: B+
The denouement offers a satisfactory conclusion to a drama that, in its scope, rigour and discipline, confirms Ceylan as a contemporary master.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film, a thriller as challenging as Antonioni's Blow-Up, is his finest work to date.