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Tabu Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
December 28, 2012
Portuguese director Miguel Gomes' latest film moves through different styles and eras, and proves that shooting in black and white is as versatile as it ever was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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December 27, 2012
Few films are this smart about subtly couching their allegorical aspirations within more straightforward narratives; fewer still are able to do so with such energetically inventive virtuoso style.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 27, 2012
If you have the patience to watch this film develop and unfold, like some bizarre night-blooming orchid, what you'll see is not just the last movie released in 2012, but possibly the most original of them all.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 27, 2012
A lyrical Old Hollywood melodrama projected on a bedsheet? A celluloid curio la Barnum's Fiji mermaid? At such times, it's better to stick with a simple "wonderful."
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 27, 2012
Churlish though it sounds, you'll want to arrive for this b&w Portuguese drama about 45 minutes late.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 27, 2012
Droll, mysterious, enchanting, and altogether singular.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 26, 2012
After a point, you start to forget what actual boundary-pushing cinema looks like. Well, it looks like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 26, 2012
Its artfulness seems like an alibi, an excuse for keeping the ugliness of history out of the picture.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 17, 2012
Sophisticated, lyrical and quietly moving. Patient and intelligent audience members will be the most rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.88/10
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
November 30, 2012
Miguel Gomes begins Tabu in a seemingly ridiculous vein and unexpectedly shifts to something surprisingly enriching and poetic.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 8, 2012
A dreamlike Portuguese drama about yearning that will appeal to the adventuresome filmgoer looking for something a little bit different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 8, 2012
A brilliantly nuanced, deeply imagined psycho- excavation of modern Europe by the Portuguese director Miguel Gomes.
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Tony Wong
Toronto Star
September 20, 2012
The reward is a stunning photographic narrative - a love story told as sweeping parable. But to get there takes an investment by the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Semley
Slant Magazine
September 17, 2012
The pangs of romance, eroticism, anguish, and longing (both for the stolen moments of private passion and for the sense-making schematics of Empire) transcend any period of cinema Tabu may evoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 12, 2012
Anyone tired of seeing the same old movies over and over again should rush to find this remarkable Portuguese film, which defies genres and continually surprises us
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 9, 2012
Naively simplistic in its narrative, opaque in its politics, the movie's appeal is hard to understand.
Anton Bitel
MovieScope
September 7, 2012
in this tricksy modernist melodrama, Portugal's present is rooted in the past, and her future is an African maid learning to speak Portuguese. Ineffably good.
Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep
September 7, 2012
Elegantly weaving together colonial history, past cinema and personal memories, it unashamedly touches the heart, the most complicated muscle of the human anatomy.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
September 7, 2012
One of those films you need to see twice, Miguel Gomes's subtle and bizarre little masterpiece unfolds slowly. Very slowly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 6, 2012
For all its cleverly shot post- modernity, Tabu inadvertently argues for the power of old-school storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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