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Restless City Reviews

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Miles Bowe
Boston Phoenix
August 16, 2012
Restless City looks gorgeous, but has nothing to say.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 1, 2012
The script simply isn't in the same league as the images that Andrew Dosunmu and the gifted cinematographer Bradford Young have fashioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 26, 2012
Mr. Dosunmu seems to have directed all his actors to pause before delivering lines, giving a languor to the film that comes to feel studied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
April 28, 2012
Beautiful but inert, Restless City is like a grimy lost verse of Jay-Z's 'Empire State of Mind' -- a film concerned with locating the quiet nobility in hand-to-mouth existence, and celebrating struggle for self-betterment via dollar bills, y'all.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
In its portrait of a "Restless City" the film is strangely inert and feels like the work of image-makers, not storytellers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 3, 2012
Violent episodes explode and recede, but without context and emotional connection, they're sometimes just pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
April 29, 2012
Forget pimps, it's apparently just as hard out there for a street peddler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 16, 2012
"Restless City" is tumescent with atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
April 24, 2012
Told in an elliptical style with a pacing and jagged rhythms that take some getting used to, the thrust and power of the film lies in its poetic imagery...
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 4, 2012
"Restless City" possesses a poetic, contemplative sensibility as attuned to the vagrant beauty of polyglot urban life as to its chaotic unpredictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
May 6, 2012
Inviting and intriguing in its beauty, grit, and danger, familiar yet foreign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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