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Post Tenebras Lux Reviews

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October 11, 2017
If Reygadas set out to make an intuitive, pre-cognitive film, then this mysterious, intangible but profoundly resonant prologue comes closest to realizing that dream.
September 1, 2017
It's either a sublime work of genius or a drearily pretentious nightmare. Possibly both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 16, 2017
The film is at once brilliant and banal, original and derivative, heartfelt and pretentious. Its sheer visual gorgeousness is enthralling, yet there are passages that seem arty and self-indulgent.
February 10, 2014
An unusually bold and bizarre drama that offers a different way of looking at film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 12, 2013
A completely essential piece of film art.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
September 16, 2013
Even with its head games and confusions, "Post Tenebras Lux" is an imposing spiritual work,
Full Review | Original Score: 3
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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-
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.
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
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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