Post Tenebras Lux Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 10, 2014
An unusually bold and bizarre drama that offers a different way of looking at film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 12, 2013
A completely essential piece of film art.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dan Sullivan
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Post Tenebras Lux is a film rich with sheer material presence, making good on Reygadas's apparent intention to make the viewer truly feel the audible and the visible, but his pictorial gimmickry can only do so much aesthetic heavy-lifting.
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
September 16, 2013
Even with its head games and confusions, "Post Tenebras Lux" is an imposing spiritual work,
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
July 15, 2013
A bewildering array of arresting imagery - glowing devils, self-decapitation, joyless sex clubs and public school rugby matches - that seems to confrontationally resist reconciliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
July 3, 2013
If there's a unifying concept to all of this it's the idea of defilement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
The result calls for a viewing as different as looking at a Vermeer against Rothko or de Kooning or multiple other modern painters.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 12, 2013
Along with Bela Tarr and Terrence Malick, Carlos Reygadas is one of today's few genuinely religious filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2013
Moviegoers beholden to clean narrative may feel they need their own explanatory GPS and audio guide. But the richer reward lies in allowing oneself to be led by this gifted director's instinct for lyrical, sensory exploration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 3, 2013
Emotionally and intellectually demanding, but occasionally exhausting and tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.96/10
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May 3, 2013
It's as if Reygadas started with a sprawling cache of visual ideas and then tried to find some way to organize them all. The effect can be frustrating at times, but also surprising and beguiling.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 3, 2013
Like a jumbled-up set of nesting boxes, the scenes make sense individually (kind of). The hard part is fitting them together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Peeler
Paste Magazine
May 2, 2013
If greeted with enough openness and interest, Post Tenebras Lux's seemingly incoherent string of scenes reveals itself as a carefully executed emotional structure that begs for, and rewards, repeated viewings.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 2, 2013
The film is never less than fascinating, but it appears to be so intensely personal as to be all but indecipherable to viewers not personally acquainted with the filmmaker, or at least in possession of the press kit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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.
Full Review | 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.
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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
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
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