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Post Tenebras Lux Reviews

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 1, 2013
A mesmerizing combination of opaque art-house cinema, personal reflection and class-based rural thriller, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas' "Post Tenebras Lux" casts a strange and powerful spell.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 30, 2013
Life and death, nature and culture, sex and money, man and beast, God and the Devil - "Post Tenebras Lux" embraces the world even if it doesn't open itself up to ready interpretation.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 30, 2013
This is a movie that, even in its most inexplicable or provocative moments, welcomes each of us into its stream of subconsciousness as a fellow dreamer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steve Erickson
Village Voice
April 30, 2013
Confusion often reigns here, but the film offers a degree of lush beauty that makes sitting through it well worth the occasional frustrations.
Jordan Hoffman
Birth.Movies.Death.
April 30, 2013
Despite a handful of splendid moments, it doesn't quite succeed
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David Ehrlich
Film.com
April 29, 2013
"'Post Tenebras Lux' works so well because - even at its most random - it always feels like more of a single portrait of a man in crisis than it does an impish bouquet of provocative incidents."
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 29, 2013
Creates so many possibilities that it may be likened to a rough draft awaiting editing.
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2013
Acclaimed Mexican auteur's self-indulgent exercise in exquisite pseudo-profundity commits hara-kiri on his own reputation.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 29, 2013
The premise is realized with a sludgy, bombastic portentousness; the images, for all their strained rhapsody, show little, and merely recite a thesis.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2013
Carlos Reygadas's latest, an almost impossibly intellectual film, keeps us at a remove that's as striking as that which separates its main character from the lower classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 24, 2013
It's just one self-indulgence after (or before) another.
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
March 22, 2013
The film does come across as an evidently sincere attempt to create a new kind of cinema, but opinion will certainly vary on whether Reygadas really does offer, as his title suggests, light after darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 22, 2013
Suggests Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life refracted through Tarkovsky's Mirror: terminally self-conscious, intermittently breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
March 22, 2013
This often brilliant director is defiantly playing private games with us, whether we like it or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 21, 2013
Post Tenebras Lux does (just about) repay viewers' tolerance with an intermittent succession of cinematic jewels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 21, 2013
An irritating, baffling, fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 21, 2013
Baffling is the default setting for this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
March 20, 2013
This dark and slightly surreal Mexican film is beautifully shot and features a string of naturalistic and impressive performances, but sadly its bizarre blend of eccentric scenes don't really come together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony McKibbin
The List
March 18, 2013
Reygadas is, from a certain point of view, one of modern cinema's masters: a director who wants to work with productive frustration as he creates images using a distorting, bevelled lens to size up a world that is itself distorted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 17, 2013
Mexican experimentalist Carlos Reygadas offers a perplexing, plotless plod about a dysfunctional family living in the countryside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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