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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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 18, 2011
All surface, no thought and quite horribly empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 7, 2011
Restless is consciously lovely in the face of death. How rare.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 6, 2011
Gus Van Sant doesn't make bad movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 6, 2011
Van Sant lays on the whimsy with a trowel; Wasikowska's quirky thrift-store wardrobe and twinkling performance are enough to trigger migraines.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 6, 2011
If anyone other than Gus Van Sant had directed Restless, the film could have well been impossible to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 5, 2011
"Restless" is far more precious than profound. But that takes little away from this soulful teenage exploration of love, life and death.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 30, 2011
A film that is often as insipid as one of Nicholas Sparks's commercial melodramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 30, 2011
"Twee" doesn't begin to describe this set-up, and it doesn't suit Gus Van Sant, or any director for that matter.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 29, 2011
Is the title meant as a joke? A torpidly precious love story about death-obsessed adolescents, the film's becalmed and embalmed in its own sensitive self-pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 29, 2011
In its episodic bits of quirk and whimsy, and its romantic morbidity, it's a project that smacks of film school - you can practically follow the cookie crumbs of Wes Anderson and Harold and Maude and the French New Wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 23, 2011
Not this era's "Love Story," despite its most ingratiating efforts to find meaning, laughter and romance by way of a too-young protagonist battling cancer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 22, 2011
[A] moody, tiresomely whimsical tale.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 22, 2011
The film is morbid and mawkish, and packed with enough forced whimsy to make you scream.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 22, 2011
An uncommonly touching romance about a young man and woman who essentially worship at the shrines of their own deaths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 20, 2011
Van Sant salts the film with moments of macabre humor, but never goes beyond the bounds of good taste. His directorial touch is restrained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 16, 2011
This overly twee, morbidly cute romance initially digs up the ageless "Harold and Maude" as a touchstone before it slips the coils of watchability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 16, 2011
Unlike Van Sant's grittier, less sentimental recent small films, it's twee enough to make your teeth ache. It's the director's biggest miscalculation since "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" 18 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 16, 2011
The film errs on the side of formula even as it carries the sheen and delicacy of something handmade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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September 15, 2011
Van Sant gives the young lovers the sort of gauzy, dreamily sensitive treatment that he's able to deliver in his sleep by now - but too often it seems like he might be working on just such a sleep-induced autopilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 15, 2011
More care seems to have gone into wardrobe choices than into clever dialogue or plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 15, 2011
"Restless" can get under your skin, even if you are suspicious of its motives and dubious of its ideas.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 15, 2011
The sort of gargantuan catastrophe that only a master moviemaker can create.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 15, 2011
Van Sant and his longtime cinematographer, Harris Savides, can caress the faces of youth with a poet's eye for beauty and pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 15, 2011
Somehow, Van Sant has made a film about life and death in which the stakes never seem higher than whether one insolent kid will stop being such a horrible mope.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2011
Weeping is invited, but by no means required.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 14, 2011
Any movie with as tender a bared heart as this one can't be dismissed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 14, 2011
The material isn't up to Van Sant's abilities, and the impression of "Restless" is of a filmmaker playing with familiar themes and searching for an adequate vessel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
September 13, 2011
Gus Van Sant's latest -- a middle-class hetero teen romance, no less -- walks the line between mainstream sentimentality and dark art-house humor so effectively that it seems noncommittal.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 12, 2011
The generally expected continues to happen, and we're left with another coming of age tale of getting to the emotional maturity while not letting go of the quirk. Meh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2011
Goopy doomed teen romance looks to appeal mostly to impressionable adolescent girls.