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Restless Reviews

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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
Eric Melin
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
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.
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
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
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.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 20, 2011
It's not for everyone, but for me, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
October 20, 2011
Henry Hopper just moved to the top of our 'Dude, You're Awesome!' chart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Mottram
Total Film
October 20, 2011
Not keen on kook? Get ready to fidget. But those up for a sweet-natured romance full of idiosyncrasies will undoubtedly forgive the rather flyweight feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 13, 2011
Gus Van Sant's light, lark of a look at love and death among the young and quirky.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
October 7, 2011
Restless is consciously lovely in the face of death. How rare.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 7, 2011
The sense of specialness, of the privilege of being pretty and in pain, should be the film's undoing, but it proves to be its saving grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Gibron
October 7, 2011
Working through its wistfulness with a leisurely likeability, Van Sant's latest is a weird little gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike Scott
October 7, 2011
A calcuated portrait of teen angst, but one that's just interesting enough to be worth watching.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Levy
October 6, 2011
Van Sant can color quite interestingly within the lines of commercial cinema when so moved and still retain his indie sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 6, 2011
This low-budget movie takes its time filling in the backgrounds of its characters. That works for a while, but when it's over you may wonder if that's all there is.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 6, 2011
Gus Van Sant doesn't make bad movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 6, 2011
A very special film that deserves a chance with discerning viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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