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The Portuguese Nun (A Religiosa Portuguesa) Reviews

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October 16, 2010
Green is fascinated by actress Leonor Baldaque's eyes, his own rigorous formalism, and the architecture, art, and music of Lisbon-in that order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 10, 2011
Baldaque is called upon to spend most of the film wandering the city having enigmatic encounters with her co-star, an orphan boy and a real Portuguese nun. Epiphanies duly follow. As does boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2011
A solemn, portentous affair, dramatically, verbally and visually, where everyone talks in an uninflected manner.
January 20, 2011
Simply unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 24, 2011
all these alienation effects, fictive tricks and metacinematic games, right down to the reflexivity of the film-within-a-film, in the end serve less to distance The Portuguese Nun than to ally it to a sort of metaphysical quest
October 21, 2010
The result is like nothing else playing, which makes it the best movie in town almost by default.
January 20, 2011
Wide-eyed, trance-like close-ups; tableau-style framings; vocal delivery toneless yet declarative. The film is not afraid to seem ridiculous, but why should it be?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 20, 2011
Gorgeous to behold, graced by a lovely fado score, this is exquisite cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 9, 2014
Superior, elegant, distinctive, formalistic, unconventional art film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 21, 2010
Mr. Green is fascinated by the possibility that the collision of eros and religion suggested by his literary source might have some resonance in the present, and he explores it in a way that is both cerebral and sensual.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 26, 2011
Despite the distancing preciousness, there are compensations in the beautiful Lisbon vistas, fado music and unexpectedly moving resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2010
The real star is director Eugene Green's quirky style: enigmatic dialogue, lengthy tracks and pans, actors speaking directly to the camera, shots of feet set against the cobblestone streets and picture-postcard-perfect vistas of the city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 2, 2010
It's a droll, tongue-in-cheek exchange in a film that's well aware of its own unconventional appeal to high-minded cinephiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2011
A beautiful, sensous ode to love, life and Lisbon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2011
This is potent, passionate and provocative stuff. But it's also irresistibly poetic and unexpectedly playful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 21, 2011
Elegant, eccentric and absolutely captivating, this is simply a gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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October 21, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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