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Songs From the Second Floor Reviews

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Josh Larsen
May 11, 2016
...feels like the world's last whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 15, 2012
like Bergman approaching Swedish fatalism using Gary Larson's Far Side humor in a script acted by the Monty Python troop
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
March 24, 2011
the everyday apocalypse envisaged in Songs From The Second Floor is a wonder to behold, an idiosyncratic humanist allegory without parallel in cinema - unless, of course, you include Andersson's equally astonishing follow-up You, The Living (2007)
Jake Euker
July 3, 2004
A unique document of the surreal at work within the confines of the everyday.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 26, 2004
The heavy symbolism overwhelms the storytelling.
| Original Score: B-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 23, 2004
Let your literal, linear self take a chance on Songs From the Second Floor. Andersson is a philosopher with a brilliant eye for composing his ideas on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 14, 2004
The Second Coming on a trash heap.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 30, 2004
A strangely amusing film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Like an Ingmar Bergman movie as realized by Monty Python: It's seriously gloomy about the loss of spirituality in the world, but at the same time rudely, sometimes hilariously, absurd.
| Original Score: 3/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
April 16, 2003
If this is cinema, I pledge allegiance to Cagney and Lacey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 21, 2002
An absurdist spider web.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2002
You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2002
A brilliant, absurd collection of vignettes that, in their own idiosyncratic way, sum up the strange horror of life in the new millennium.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 4, 2002
Depressive, slow, darkly funny, unyielding in its formal rigor, and unsettlingly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 30, 2002
Strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 23, 2002
Parts seem like they were lifted from Terry Gilliam's subconscious, pressed through Kafka's meat grinder and into Buñuel's casings
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
July 27, 2002
This is cruel, misanthropic stuff with only weak claims to surrealism and black comedy.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 20, 2002
A macabre and very stylized Swedish fillm about a modern city where all the religious and civic virtues that hold society in place are in tatters.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 10, 2002
This is wild surreal stuff, but brilliant and the camera just kind of sits there and lets you look at this and its like you're going from one room to the next and none of them have any relation to the other.
Jeremy Heilman
July 6, 2002
There's really only one good idea in this movie, but the director runs with it and presents it with an unforgettable visual panache.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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