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The Saddest Music in the World Reviews

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Cole Smithey
June 10, 2009
The film's expressionist style and lighting design provide it with an immaculate richness of visual textures.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 2, 2007
Here is magic-realism filtered through an oddball sensibility, chilled in the snowdrifts of Winnipeg and bottled in amber-hued frames of celluloid.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
Crammed with cinephilic allusion and rendered in an obsessive "authentic" period style...
| Original Score: A
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 26, 2005
The finest portrayal of a double-amputee beer baroness outfitted with glass-encased, beer-filled legs that I could imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 17, 2004
One of those metaphoric weird-out flicks that takes mors pride in shocking than telling an interesting tale.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Alan Dale
November 19, 2004
When a director's "primitive" style is as developed as Maddin's, your aesthetic response can seem like all the emotion you need, his thrill your thrill.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2004
Requires an acquired taste for such inspired but unwieldy madness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 16, 2004
A Guy Maddin film is so visually inventive, so full of rich detail, and so prismatic in appearance that attempting to describe it is like trying to explain the color blue.
Joshua Vasquez
Slant Magazine
November 4, 2004
Guy Maddin's snow globe cinema, hermetically sealed in ghostly adoration of silent cinema, is well matched to this darkly comic fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
September 12, 2004
Vital and delirious, The Saddest Music in the World hurtles along on twin tracks of vaudevillian humor and gleeful bad taste.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
August 30, 2004
...a little bit like what Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle might have been without the illusions of grandeur or pretentious aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Martin Scribbs
Flak Magazine
July 22, 2004
The best film of 2004. A throwback in more than just its look, Guy Maddin's latest brings new life to the melodrama.
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
July 16, 2004
Chances are that those who haven't bolted for the door after the first 15 minutes will love it; others could be driven to drink.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 2, 2004
Offers idiosyncrasy in spades.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 2, 2004
Greil Marcus has described the folk and "race" records of the 1920s and 30s as expressions of "the old, weird America." Guy Maddin seems obsessed with "the old, weird cinema."
| Original Score: 4/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 25, 2004
The effect is so distancing that all but the most adventurous filmgoer will have trouble sitting through all 100 minutes of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
June 24, 2004
Maddin seems to have picked up a loose string from somewhere in cinematic history and started knitting a tapestry of an entirely original design.

Orlando Weekly
June 19, 2004
Shake this snow globe, and after the swirling stops, there's nothing to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 18, 2004
Maddin's novel filmic imagination is exceeded only by his sense of superiority to his source material.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 18, 2004
Watch this movie for its imagination, not its logic.
| Original Score: 3/4
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