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The Saddest Music in the World Reviews

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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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 21, 2004
A viewer takes in this circus of bizarre characters and absurdist images ... with an appreciation for the inventiveness, but a wish that one might be more involved or at least entertained by the stylistic workout.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 13, 2004
... shrill and annoying ...
Kent Turner
May 3, 2004
Saddest Music is like a Saturday Night Live spoof that has a promising beginning, but doesn't know how to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 30, 2004
The style is so overdone it's nearly suffocating.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 3, 2004
Provocative title, provocative premise, provocative direction, routine movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
June 5, 2004
I got a strong sense of Guy Maddin's sense of his own talent, but I'm not as convinced as he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 4, 2004
If the intention is to transport the audience to a world we've never seen, mission accomplished. You'll either find it extremely creative or an insufferable bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 22, 2003
...obtuse and impossible to penetrate...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 18, 2004
Maddin's novel filmic imagination is exceeded only by his sense of superiority to his source material.
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
May 14, 2004
There's atmosphere and absurd wit, but the surreal style creates a distance from the characters that's only likely to be appreciated by fans of Maddin's self-conscious artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
May 27, 2004
Little more than an elaborate stunt, created almost exclusively in post-production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
January 18, 2004
[Maddin's] campy style of writing ends up at odds with the emotional power of the images.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 8, 2004
Enough leaden whimsy to resink the Lusitania.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
May 22, 2004
Narratively and spiritually, the movie is bankrupt, even though it's so packed with stuff ... that you can hardly bring yourself to believe that it all adds up to nothing.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 4, 2004
Infuriatingly obscure...a bit of rarefied madness that proves that Maddin's films are an acquired taste most of us are unlikely ever to acquire.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 6, 2004
From time to time during the 99-minute running time, I kept thinking of those old Off Off Broadway impositions on wriggly audiences -- or was it just me who was the transplanted Village square trapped among all the hipsters?
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