Stranger Than Paradise Reviews

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December 3, 2020
And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack / And you may find yourself in another part of the world / And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile / Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.
February 3, 2020
A unified vision of populist American aesthetics.
April 24, 2019
One of the most important indie achievements of '84.
November 29, 2018
Stranger Than Paradise captures what in retrospect turned out to be a last moment of unbranded American reality.
January 4, 2018
Daring in its conception but made with a watchmaker's care, "Stranger Than Paradise" is a playfully eclectic, formally perfect gem. It is also a persistently funny film that owes as much to "The Honeymooners" as it does to the avant-garde.
December 7, 2017
Its tale of two immigrant boys and a visiting Hungarian cousin tasting the trivia of freedom is clear-eyed, wistful and funny.
August 18, 2014
...a love-it-or-hate-it sort of endeavor.
October 18, 2008
It's a unique, indelible and hilarious film, and certainly one of the best of its era.
August 11, 2008
It's a hipster version of Marty.
May 13, 2008
Jarmusch constructs from basic ingredients a complex of narrative symmetry and existential ennui pointing to something far more resonant than the sum of its parts.
October 15, 2007
... like a French New wave film by way of Bela Tarr, directed with a hipster American comic sensibility and an outsider's fascination with the details of the everyday.
October 10, 2007
the American Dream inverted, that its characters are carefree is a by-product not of sharing in the Dream, but of dealing with life on the margins.
September 16, 2007
Overrated but solid understated comedy.
December 2, 2006
This austere, minimalist comedy put NY's East Village and Jim Jarmusch on the map, displaying unique sensibility and aesthetics (single long shots). Though only his second work, it's still Jarmusch's best picture--by far.
June 24, 2006
Not a lot to it, certainly, but the acting and performances combine to produce an obliquely effective study of the effect of landscape upon emotion, and the wry, dry humour is often quite delicious.
May 19, 2005
October 23, 2004
August 19, 2004
A whimsical picaresque tale.
February 27, 2004
October 11, 2003
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