Tangerines Reviews

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September 18, 2015
A quietly profound study of the unfathomable nature of conflict.
September 17, 2015
The funniest and most profound film about war since Dr Strangelove.
September 17, 2015
It is tremendous storytelling: engaging, intelligent, and with some lovely touches.
June 18, 2015
The film is a character study, a chamber piece with incursions, a morality play with a thoughtful sense of its own boundaries.
May 7, 2015
Though the themes about war and peace will be familiar, this is good, old-fashioned storytelling - with a high level of craftsmanship.
May 7, 2015
It is difficult not to be moved by "Tangerines," which begins to feel like a legend despite one's nagging sense something is missing from the film's hasty third act.
April 30, 2015
Writer-director Zaza Urushadze turns this fragile premise into a superior chamber drama.
April 30, 2015
Tangerines, the first Estonian picture nominated for the foreign-film Oscar, has a heart as ripe as the citrus fruit of its title, but its message doesn't yield much juice.
April 30, 2015
Georgian writer-director Zaza Urushadze avoids histrionics or moralizing, relying on a strong cast that expresses the film's central argument about war's absurdity largely through taciturn action, not words.
April 24, 2015
There are some touching interactions between the players, but the film's humanism is too predictably calibrated.
April 24, 2015
It might be willfully nave, but it also successfully argues that the path to peace begins with a laying down of not only guns, but also cynicism and distrust.
April 23, 2015
"Tangerines" is an example of lean, unadorned old-school filmmaking where familiar style and technique combine to unexpectedly potent effect because of the great skill with which they've been employed.
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April 21, 2015
Because the conflict between Abkhazians and Georgians is so sketchily drawn, the ultimate heartwarming tone of the film seems not so much unearned as unspectacular.
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April 17, 2015
Tangerines becomes an object lesson in the resilience of ancient animosities, and the limits, sadly, of common sense.
April 17, 2015
By the end, Georgian director-writer Zaza Urushadze has performed a small miracle by presenting the insanity of war in such a compact form.
April 16, 2015
"Tangerines" is a modest film, sure of its proportions and clear about its intentions. The key to its effectiveness lies with the actors ...
April 16, 2015
This remarkable piece of antiwar cinema honors its theme, and the movie medium.
April 16, 2015
The shift from philosophical parrying to actual combat doesn't make Tangerines more compelling; on the contrary, it suggests that the filmmakers didn't have the confidence to tell their story without falling back on genre tropes.
April 15, 2015
Urushadze's excellent cast imbues their thinly drawn characters with a great deal of life, but the roles are so transparent that the film feels like more of an advertisement for peace than it does an argument for it.
April 15, 2015
The film telegraphs its pacifist message early on, but it's still deeply affecting.
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