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Rhinoceros Eyes Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
May 27, 2004
Reeks of film-school, 'Donnie Darko'-inspired weirdness. It's the sort of movie that would be pretentious if it were smart enough to figure out how.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 18, 2004
Utterly wrongheaded and indistinctly creepy, in that yawn-inducing way of pretentious twaddle...
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
April 21, 2004
A parable on cine-enchantment that itself fails to enchant.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 22, 2004
Most of this weird-for-weird's-sake film is set inside a cluttered store for movie props where a pathologically shy young clerk (Michael Pitt) lives and works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 22, 2004
A thriller that shamelessly rummages through other movies in search of shocks.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 8, 2004
What is the film in the end but a string of mediocre, sometimes humorous non sequitors?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 4, 2004
For too much of the film's running time, quirkiness stands in for genuine wit, and the screenplay is most notable for its derivativeness.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 7, 2004
A movie that doesn't always work but certainly earns high marks for weirdness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 7, 2004
Quirkiness alone can't substitute for a compelling story line, interesting themes or real characters.
| Original Score: C-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 21, 2004
As weird and off-putting as portions of the film are, the most serious problem is Pitt's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 21, 2004
Smacks of upscale student work with a command of atmospherics but a script mixed in a blender of concept doodles.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
November 13, 2004
What about those fundamentals of engagement that keep filmgoers in their seats?
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 15, 2006
Has its own peculiar sensibility, a sort of magical grotesqueness. . . . It's too bad that Woodley doesn't push his themes and ideas further, blurring reality and dream more profoundly.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 10, 2006
A disturbing movie with new talents to watch ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marcy Dermansky
April 23, 2004
Michael Pitt, the baby-faced actor who recently played a more sophisticated cinephile in Bertolucci's "The Dreamers," holds the film together just by being himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Edward Havens
April 18, 2004
A film rich in depth and texture, "Rhinoceros Eyes" should give avid cinéastes a pleasurable time at the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Harvey S. Karten
April 20, 2004
A film about a guy with a fantasy life so rich it could make Walter Mitty envious.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Jason Anderson
February 14, 2004
Von Trotta's look at the women's standoff is fascinating for its hints of feminism, and a radiant performance by Katja Riemann as a woman whose compassion is her only weapon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 15, 2004
A lovely, dark fairy tale told in unembarrassed allegory with verve and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 23, 2004
The surprise is how utterly original [Woodley's] gorgeously mounted curiosity seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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