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Tarnation Reviews

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April 15, 2005
Nearly impossible to watch, thoroughly unpleasant yet strangely arresting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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-
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
September 23, 2004
'Tarnation' does not engage the spectator. One is uncomfortable but, with no point from which to approach, no more than that.
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
October 22, 2004
Often this is like watching a film by a Diane Arbus who grew up in the video age.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2017
Tarnation is one of the most powerfully emotional movies I've ever seen.
December 9, 2004
Both deeply touching and aesthetically powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 15, 2004
It is a remarkable film, immediate, urgent, angry, poetic and stubbornly hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 10, 2004
In making beautiful peace with a difficult past, Caouette has delivered a promising vision of a future.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
April 8, 2005
Here's hoping your kids' home movies never look like this.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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.
October 26, 2004
It's just devastating stuff.
November 18, 2004
A fluid, emotionally acute movie full of soul and raw energy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2004
The images are hypnotic and unnerving, elevating what might have been a masturbatory exercise into something transcendent and genuinely moving.
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