Sunset (Napszállta) Reviews

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
Maybe doesn't amount to much, but it's compelling as all hell, and Juli Jakab is a major find.
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
Oblique, often beguiling, and portentously cryptic, the film offers no satisfying solution.
March 27, 2019
If Sunset doesn't hit with nearly the impact that Son of Saul does, this look back at the chaos before the storm establishes Nemes as a major voice.
March 25, 2019
Nemes adds distinctive but superfluous flourishes to this meticulous, overcalculated historical drama.
March 22, 2019
Nemes' suggestive, impressionistic approach takes some getting used to, but Sunset is worth the extra effort.
Top Critic
March 21, 2019
Nemes can be relentlessly opaque, which at time makes the film a drag to follow. But there's method in his determination to leave us with nowhere to park our own affinities.
March 21, 2019
"Sunset" is maddening and mesmerizing.
March 21, 2019
While Nemes's near-subjective technique can generate genuine tension, it more often yields anxious tedium.
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.
September 14, 2018
Sunset exposes that horror while also finding great beauty in it - it might not be infinitely pretty, but it's worth remembering and preserving nevertheless.
Top Critic
September 14, 2018
History as a plunge into the choppy fray.
September 4, 2018
Clocking in at almost two and a half hours and shot with a growing intensity that demands the audience's full engagement, it will be a tiring, frustrating watch for many.
September 4, 2018
"Sunset" is all smoke and mirrors leading to a facile reflection on the carnage that marked the start of the modern era.
September 4, 2018
An entirely absorbing film.
September 4, 2018
The bustle and vibrancy of pre-Great War Budapest remain frustratingly out of focus throughout. After 140 minutes, your eyeballs will know the feeling.