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Sita Sings the Blues Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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To get any film made is a miracle. To conceive of a film like this is a greater miracle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 2, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Nina Paley's animated marvel mixes a personal tale of romantic woe with a fabulous, often hilarious, recounting of the Sanskrit epic fable The Ramayana.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 26, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Nina Paley's delicious Sita Sings the Blues finds solace in autobiography and an animated gold mine in the caverns of an ancient Sanskrit epic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 29, 2009
Simon Weaving
Screenwize

An infectious, dazzling and poignant story about love and loyalty in both mythical India and modern America, and perfect proof that animation can work for adults.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 12, 2009
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog

It's an infectiously personal work...a sterling example of animation meant resolutely for adults.

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

June 23, 2008
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Startling in its delightful originality, it heralds the arrival of a major new talent in filmmaker Nina Paley.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

May 15, 2009
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

All the various visual styles come together perfectly. It is rare to find a film that can be enjoyed from start to finish.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

March 22, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Among the most visually distinctive movies of the year.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

October 30, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a staggeringly brilliant, astonishingly imaginative feature debut from a cartoonist turned filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

May 7, 2009
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

One of the most vibrant, thrilling animated works I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

March 25, 2009
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

The fact that a film this bold and adventurous can even exist in a time when even the independent filmmakers are less likely to find themselves experimenting with concept and form in the hopes of scoring a distribution deal is a cause for celebration

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

April 30, 2009
Stan Hall
Oregonian

Even if its audience will be about 0.01 percent of that of Coraline and Up, Nina Paley's hilarious, effortlessly cross-cultural and utterly original animated feature should be considered with the same lofty regard.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

July 17, 2009
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Paley's beguiling, consistently inventive visuals and sly yet melancholy tone are about as warm and winning as heartbreak-fueled empowerment gets.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 23, 2009
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Avoids becoming pretentious or 'artistic' through a lively sense of humour that vies with the graphic design and Hanshaw's performances as SITA's main asset

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March 8, 2009
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

How does heartbreak become art? Just like this.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 27, 2009
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com

The story shifts effortlessly between the two-dimensional collage style of the narrator segments, the classical artistic design of the Rama-Sita story, the pencil sketch style of the modern story, and finally Hanshaw's musical numbers in a two-dimensional

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com | Original Score: B+

December 6, 2009
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Romantic breakups have provided inspiration to artists through the ages, but never have lemons been made into such a sparkling lemonade as Paley's done here.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

December 14, 2009
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[Filmmaker Nina] Paley adapts the original 1922 story, The Ramayana, by Valmiki and, wearing many hats, produces a work that is fun, entertaining, educational, colorful and imaginative.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 3, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A very creative and poignant animated film about the heartbreaks experienced by a Hindu goddess and a contemporary woman who share the universal pain and sadness that accompany the end of an intimate relationship.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

April 22, 2010
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A spellbinding film that charms with its quirkiness in almost every sequence.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

February 26, 2012
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