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Post Tenebras Lux Reviews

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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
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
April 30, 2013
Despite a handful of splendid moments, it doesn't quite succeed
May 24, 2012
Dreary family drama goes on to dominate what could almost be described as the plot, and mid-film sorties into a cheerless sex club and a rugby match at an English secondary school are as bamboozling in isolation as they are in context.
December 10, 2013
It's a picture one could walk away from for a period of time and the movie wouldn't notice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
March 21, 2013
Baffling is the default setting for this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2012
It pains us to say that Post Tenebras Lux leaves you in a state of chilly bemusement rather than breathless rapture.
May 24, 2012
Yet again, one senses that Reygadas - instead of simply getting on with the job of making a film - has opted instead to go for an opus magnum that reminds us of cinema's greats
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2014
As irritating as this film is, I am grateful for it. Reygadas is an artist, and an uncompromising one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
May 24, 2012
The title, signifying "light after darkness," derives from the Latin translation of the Book of Job, an appropriate source given that a considerable amount of the prophet's proverbial patience is required.
May 24, 2013
This one delivers a grand pictorialism and piercing existential moments that float atop the maundering narrative like noodles in soup.
April 29, 2013
Creates so many possibilities that it may be likened to a rough draft awaiting editing.
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
June 12, 2013
Muddled and atmospheric, the result is more frustrating than fascinating.
March 24, 2013
It's just one self-indulgence after (or before) another.
May 24, 2012
Reygadas has elected to shoot large portions of his film through a bevelled camera lens, which refracts his figures, doubles the image and leaves the screen's borders blurred. I have no doubt he is deliberately setting out to vex us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 21, 2013
There's visual poetry here, in small doses, but it doesn't take long for one's patience to run out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 26, 2013
Ambitious (and pretentious) to afault, Reygadas' latest feature contains some haunting imagery but is frustrating from a narrative standpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 17, 2013
Reygadas' big ideas translate with mixed results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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