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Pavilion Reviews

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February 27, 2013
Shallow-focus photography sharpens the action and gives the seemingly banal images a sense of drama, capturing the urgency of childhood without resorting to histrionics.
March 1, 2013
If you're already on the movie's wavelength, it can be entrancing. If not, "Pavilion" may come off as flat and aimless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2013
Mr. Sutton tends toward quiet. And while his characters don't say a lot in these 70 ephemeral minutes, he says enough to make you wonder what's next.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 27, 2013
A startlingly perceptive first feature.
February 26, 2013
George Washington this isn't, but there's enough heft here that the comparison can be tastefully made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2013
A lovely sonatina of a movie, brief and aching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 12, 2013
Observant but not revealing, free-form but not quite experimental, the obliquely titled "Pavilion" is a mood piece in search of a construct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2013
A cynical advisor told Sutton he should market his film as a documentary. That label would prepare potential viewers for Pavilion's lack of story, but it would make a lie of the movie's patient, finely drawn loveliness.
February 27, 2013
The beauty of the footage is undeniable, and the aimlessness never overstays its welcome as the film documents that strange stretch in our lives when nothing seems to matter more than the present moment, suspended in a sort of idle immortality.
July 30, 2013
The lack of anything resembling a narrative at times makes Pavilion feel more like a demo-reel than a movie, but the fleeting moments Sutton has captured are so vibrant that they accumulate into something that hums.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 18, 2013
Sutton's approach is observation: We're not so much pulled into a narrative as watching images float in ethereal atmospheres.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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