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Sita Sings the Blues Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 2, 2009
To get any film made is a miracle. To conceive of a film like this is a greater miracle.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 26, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
November 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
June 23, 2008
It's an infectiously personal work...a sterling example of animation meant resolutely for adults.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 15, 2009
Startling in its delightful originality, it heralds the arrival of a major new talent in filmmaker Nina Paley.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 22, 2009
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 30, 2008
Among the most visually distinctive movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 7, 2009
It's a staggeringly brilliant, astonishingly imaginative feature debut from a cartoonist turned filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
March 25, 2009
One of the most vibrant, thrilling animated works I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Stan Hall
Oregonian
July 17, 2009
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.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
December 23, 2009
Paley's beguiling, consistently inventive visuals and sly yet melancholy tone are about as warm and winning as heartbreak-fueled empowerment gets.
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 8, 2009
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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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 27, 2009
How does heartbreak become art? Just like this.
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
December 6, 2009
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 | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: A-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 3, 2010
[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 | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012
A spellbinding film that charms with its quirkiness in almost every sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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