Opus Zero Reviews

August 13, 2019
Willem Dafoe does his best to make sense of an incoherent, pretentious film.
August 12, 2019
Opus Zero doesn't lack beauty, but its absence of a story is unforgivable. There is little to be gained by its constant philosophical teachings despite the apparent effort to speak to whoever sees it.
August 12, 2019
Stylish scenery can't save this sluggish, over-laboured effort.
August 9, 2019
By choosing to substitute plot in favour of a discourse on the relationship between reality, filmmaking and memory, this may test the patience of the casual viewer.
August 9, 2019
Opus Zero is about big ideas, but it lacks the wherewithal to clearly communicate its intentions.
August 8, 2019
The phrasing of sentences is crucial here and so is an attention to detail which is often overlooked in commercial films.
August 7, 2019
Characters say things like: "He spoke to the infinite, and the infinite replied." But there is also an eerie, painterly beauty.
August 7, 2019
Dafoe is a fine actor, and his willingness to leave his comfort zone is admirable, but this feels like a misstep.
August 5, 2019
[Daniel] Graham's approach here may feel oddly elusive, swirling around between scenes without anchoring elements into a firm narrative. But there's a raw, emotional truth running through every moment.
August 5, 2019
Underneath all that deliberate opaqueness, it is simply another film about a damaged man embarking on a quest for a supposedly universal truth that, ultimately, benefits nobody but himself.
January 28, 2019
"The opacity of the story, which deals with the meaning of art, life and death, ends up looking more interesting than it really is".
November 14, 2017
A modest work in terms of its scope and effect, highly ambitious in terms of its philosophical ambitions.