Sunset (Napszállta) Reviews

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June 3, 2019
It's a heady and spectacular production, but - like many dreams - it doesn't seem worth interpreting.
June 1, 2019
It's all too vague to function effectively as either a commentary on the build-up to the Great War or as the story of a woman looking to find her place in a city predicated on rigid, gender-determined hierarchies.
May 31, 2019
Nothing is ever quite clear - often literally, because Nemes likes to keep the middle-distance out of focus. It was chillingly effective in Son of Saul. Here it's just deadening.
May 30, 2019
At no point does any character own their behaviour in any consistent or recognisably human way.
May 29, 2019
All the good intentions in the world can't compensate for an audience's alienation, and with nothing to sustain the suspense from one scene to the next, it dwindles away after an hour.
May 6, 2019
It's a film that plods along, with the audience definitely feeling the weight of its 144 minute run time... This is a film where the more complex and entangled the mystery in the plot becomes, the less engaging it is.
April 26, 2019
A static exercise in cinema in motion, a dogmatic defense of consistency in point of view...Gorgeous tedium
April 25, 2019
At its best, Sunset recalls provocateur stylists ranging from von Trier to Tarkovsky to Visconti. More often it just feels like another long and turgid costume drama.
April 12, 2019
Beautifully crafted, but in the end it's a self-indulgent, frustrating piece whose pretensions to profundity are simply claimed rather than earned.
April 11, 2019
...ultimately the film fails to anchor all that chaos in its historical context, leaving its characters adrift.
April 8, 2019
To borrow a headgear metaphor from the American West, Sunset is all hat and no cattle.
April 7, 2019
You keep watching in hopes of some big revelation or showdown, but Nemes merely lets his story fizzle out into hoary tropes. To save you the trouble, just know it's a colossal waste of time.
April 4, 2019
Perhaps Nemes was hoping to let the precision of his intricately staged images artfully clash with the absurdity of a chaotic plot. But the result is more tedious than tense.
April 4, 2019
László Nemes follows his central protagonist so closely that everything is reduced to one perspective, with limited peripheral vision.
March 25, 2019
Nemes adds distinctive but superfluous flourishes to this meticulous, overcalculated historical drama.
March 21, 2019
Nemes is unable to recapture the magic that made Son of Saul such an unforgettable affair. This, by and large, is a chore to sit through.
March 21, 2019
While Nemes's near-subjective technique can generate genuine tension, it more often yields anxious tedium.
March 20, 2019
[A] high-risk dramatic gamble that doesn't pay off. Instead, Nemes presents a vision built to confuse with condescension, one that effectively isolates but struggles to function as anything but a labored temporal exercise.
March 19, 2019
Nemes once again follows another hollow-eyed and bewildered individual on a journey into a heart of darkness, but with less context, more plot and unfortunately, greatly diminished returns.
March 17, 2019
László Nemes's follow-up to Son of Saul simply feels like two films awkwardly affixed to one another.
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