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Restless Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Restless" exudes the maturity that eludes Mr. Van Sant's previous fusions of youth and death. It's too bad he still hasn't learned to shower his female leads with the same adoring attention he lavishes on his male ones.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
This movie pretends it's about death -- our couple meets because Enoch crashes funerals, a literary device that has no relevance here -- but it never scratches past the perfect pale void faces of its leads.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Sarah Dobbs
SFX Magazine
January 11, 2013
Better stock up on tissues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 6, 2013
Quirky, death-obsessed...oddly touching...faintly amusing
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 6, 2012
A slight tale whose self-conscious indie quirks fail to lift it beyond familiar Disease of the Week formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 30, 2012
The couple's ability to see through how people perceive courageous behavior in the face of death forms the heart of the film. Van Sant illustrates that those trappings usually exist only to make the ones who are not sick feel better about themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
December 3, 2011
Had Restless been a silent film it may have been some kind of stylish masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
December 1, 2011
Gus Van Sant staggers back and forth across that line like a drunk with a busted stopwatch.
Kate Quirk
FILMINK (Australia)
December 1, 2011
Driven by the brave performances of its two young leads, this tender and emotionally resonant film thoughtfully challenges our ideas surrounding death.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 29, 2011
A tenderly stylistic evocation of young love wrapped inside a New Wave-esque bundle of wistfulness and nervous energy, and a well constructed little diorama. But one whose elicited feelings do not, alas, linger.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 28, 2011
Gus Van Sant's film bristles with an ethereal quality as we are drawn into a reality in which time seems to be suspended. First time screenwriter Jason Lew has penned a poignant and heartfelt story
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
November 27, 2011
With a tighter grip on proceedings, one imagines Restless would have Van Sant troubling the Academy all over again. As it stands, it's a sweet, gentle film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2011
Restless shares with some of Van Sant's best work its gritty Portland, Ore., locations and a washed out palette. Unfortunately, that's all it shares with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 25, 2011
[S]cramble[s] to cram the 'quirky' back into the please-god-kill-me-and-save-me-from-yet-another-ridiculous-teen-romance... I'm really sick of stories in which women are sacrificed to men's personal journeys.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 23, 2011
"Listless" might have been a better title...
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
October 21, 2011
With Restless, Van Sant seems to be aiming for somewhere in between the art house and the cineplex by delivering a movie that is as heartwarming as it is strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
October 21, 2011
The downward curve of Gus Van Sant's career continues with this awful slice of morbid whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2011
If you haven't seen a wasting disease in real life, you might think "Restless" is romantic. If you have, you might diagnose it as terminally cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
October 20, 2011
Hopper is the spitting image of his father Dennis when he was 20 and the versatile Wasikowska once again shows her talent for investing the most delicate of material with a sturdy emotional conviction.
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