Critic Reviews for Stereo
...doors that won't open, enigmatic card games, long empty corridors and sex on an examination table make it all quite old fashioned, and the images are as formless as scrambled eggs.
... essential to Cronenberg fans, (a) dispassionate portraitsof fictional experiments in the mutation of mankind in the near future.
Though it gave me a few guarded chuckles it was hardly worth the effort sitting through such a tedious affair.
Difficult viewing, although there are some intriguing nuggets buried within
Audience Reviews for Stereo
Cronenberg's first film should only please fans of his work, since it borders on pretentious (it is even hard to know weather it is meant to be taken serious or not) with poorly-edited, seemingly random images accompanied by a voice-over that is pure tedious psychobabble.
It's interesting, but it's a hard watch when there is so much silence in the film. No background music, no dialogue, every once in a while a narration comes around but that's it for the audio. It's a case study of some sort. You can tell that Cronenberg was learning all about shots and the camera in his first film here. There are a lot of interesting shots and a lot of different camera movements and angles, so those are the best things in the movie for me. The narration and the case study are interesting as well. Other than that I wish there was at least some background music, that may have eased the watching experience.
Call this one an interesting failure. "Stereo"'s minimalism is compelling -- the film is black and white, and entirely silent (not even music) except for intermittent narration by a variety of speakers. The story involves a scientific study which induces telepathic bonds between a small number of subjects. Sexuality (both hetero- and homo-) comes into play as an enhancement of the telepathy's potency, and eventually this has a side effect of physical violence for reasons which were not all that clear to me. The flat, academic narration becomes a chore to process after awhile, and its intense, deadpan concentration on "big words" hinders efforts to pluck out the central plot advancements (which the visuals can't communicate on their own) . Still, the cinematography is stylish and the emergence of Cronenberg's favored techno-sexual themes is notable.
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