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Tarnation Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2005
Nearly impossible to watch, thoroughly unpleasant yet strangely arresting.
| Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 18, 2004
A documentary on the making and selling of Tarnation - its most fascinating selling points - could have been more cohesive and compelling than the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
June 22, 2004
Tarnation coalesces into a pop-art diary, the self-made soap opera, the arthouse version of a reality show. A fascinating but bloated movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Phil Hall
October 6, 2004
Hey, it's not every 11-year-old boy who wants to grow up to be Ellen Burstyn.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 23, 2004
'Tarnation' does not engage the spectator. One is uncomfortable but, with no point from which to approach, no more than that.
Rachel Gordon
September 21, 2004
feels as if it was thrown together, that an amateur was looking for ways to learn about new gadgets
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 22, 2004
Often this is like watching a film by a Diane Arbus who grew up in the video age.
| Original Score: 2/4

Independent (UK)
April 22, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 9, 2004
Both deeply touching and aesthetically powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 15, 2004
It is a remarkable film, immediate, urgent, angry, poetic and stubbornly hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 10, 2004
In making beautiful peace with a difficult past, Caouette has delivered a promising vision of a future.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 14, 2004
Caouette lifts his story clear out of the victimized whine that bogs down so many confessional memoirs and offers the viewer instead an intimate look inside his ravaged yet loving head, at once street-smart and haloed by the naiveté of a young saint.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 14, 2004
Background is provided by affectless, unemotional words that seem to float on-screen, adding to the sense of dislocation, of fractured fairy tale.
| Original Score: B+
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Witness his hilarious high school musical rendition of David Lynch's Blue Velvet: much like the documentary itself, it's a heartbreaking, beautiful monstrosity.
| Original Score: 5/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
April 8, 2005
Here's hoping your kids' home movies never look like this.
| Original Score: A-
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 11, 2004
Not only very good indeed, but something bracingly new: a home-movie phantasmagoria that's simultaneously an uncompromising autobiographical confession, saga of tragic family dysfunction, touching love story, and hypnotic avant-garde collage.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 26, 2004
It's just devastating stuff.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 18, 2004
A fluid, emotionally acute movie full of soul and raw energy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
October 12, 2004
The images are hypnotic and unnerving, elevating what might have been a masturbatory exercise into something transcendent and genuinely moving.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A twisted pastiche of pain, suffering, and narcissistic indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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