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The Saddest Music in the World Reviews

August 1, 2004
June 18, 2004
Watch this movie for its imagination, not its logic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 18, 2004
Silly, sick and surreal, it's a triumph of style over message or entertainment value.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 18, 2004
The weirdest movie of the summer. OK, the year.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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?
June 3, 2004
Provocative title, provocative premise, provocative direction, routine movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 3, 2004
To fully appreciate the lunatic possibilities of the film medium, consider the spectacle of Isabella Rossellini frisking around on hollow glass legs filled with sparkling beer.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 29, 2004
The amber-refracted comedy can serve as an introduction to the work of Canada's most original filmmaker or as a culmination of everything he's done before
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2004
It's a rare film today that doesn't assume audiences are stupid. Weird as they might be, Maddin gives us credit for being in on his esoteric jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
May 21, 2004
The concept is high, the humor lowbrow and the joy of experimentation evident in every frame of this wonderful picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 14, 2004
To see this film, to enter the world of Guy Maddin, is to understand how a film can be created entirely by its style, and how its style can create a world that never existed before, and lure us, at first bemused and then astonished, into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 14, 2004
Any film where a beer baroness's glass leg (filled with beer) shatters when a high note is struck is okay by me.
May 14, 2004
You're left, as with certain vivid dreams, filled with memorable images but not completely able to account for what you just experienced.
May 14, 2004
Maddin has reached a new expressive plateau.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 13, 2004
To say that The Saddest Music in the World is not for everyone is to state the obvious. But who's to say whom it is not for? Not me.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2004
A strange, finely-wrought movie out about the perversity of art, the hell of families and the chains of commerce, coming from a director who wallows in the former two and ignores the last. It slayed me.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2004
... shrill and annoying ...
May 7, 2004
It's a great work of absurdism, cynicism, and terrific madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 6, 2004
The Saddest Music in the World doesn't just re-create 1933 through costumes; it actually looks like a 1933 picture.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2004
Surely the oddest 1930s musical ever made, in or out of the 1930s.
April 30, 2004
[Maddin's] best and most imaginative picture to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 30, 2004
The style is so overdone it's nearly suffocating.
April 30, 2004
There's no mistaking Saddest for anything but a Maddin production. An exceptional one, at that.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 30, 2004
Maddin speaks in an almost lost, elusive and poetic language of filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2004
This feature from the antiquarian avant-gardist Guy Maddin is a sublime, hallucinatory musical, full of surprising humor and genuine sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2004
Each frame of Maddin's saga will have yielded a memory of cinemania past, even for those with no clear memory of the old movies that echo in this alluring new one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 27, 2004
McKinney's cheerfully cynical zealousness and de Medeiros' waiflike quality provide some pleasures, but the film's chief glory is Rossellini's inspired, imperiously vampy turn.
April 27, 2004
Like everything in Maddin's oeuvre, The Saddest Music in the World is a contribution to the imaginary history of our times.
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.