The Twentieth Century Reviews

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February 25, 2021
I loved the way it uses expressionist tropes and subverted thing...a little bit Monty Python...
February 8, 2021
With an endlessly absurd plot and consistently brilliant production design, this is the anti-biopic to beat for the winter season.
February 8, 2021
Finally, the film dissolves in silliness and whimsy, but not before it's given us some surreal spectacle.
January 30, 2021
Like a Heritage Minute on acid the film details King's campaign. Instead of policy the film pits politicians against one another in "traditional" Canadian pastimes like baby seal clubbing and waiting your turn.
January 9, 2021
With hallucinatory visuals and deadpan comic timing, Rankin turns history into a fevered Freudian national dream.
December 25, 2020
We're talking German Expressionist sets, wacky animations, drag performances, sexy underwear, Eton collars, silly contests, melodramatic music cues, fake newsreel clips, a boot fetish and a gigantic cactus...
December 10, 2020
The angular, surreal, cartoonish sets deliberately summon up the best of German expressionism. The bizarre, sometimes inexplicable side moments resemble the hallucinations of David Lynch.
December 9, 2020
Mattew Rankin's gloriously bizarre debut feature is the reductio ad absurdum of biopics that privilege the ineffable spirit of their subject over matters of historical fact
December 8, 2020
The look of this "Century" is dazzling, and the off-the-wall inventiveness impresses - for a while. But man, does this farce hit the wall or what?
December 7, 2020
A Guy Maddin film not directed by him.
December 7, 2020
A wonder for sure. Bends time and collective history in a way only a madman could. It's everything. This movie is everything.
December 4, 2020
The look of Rankin's scenes resembles such German Expressionist silent films as "Nosferatu" and "Metropolis," with jagged angles of light thrusting themselves onto the screen at odd angles.
December 3, 2020
Rankin's visual style fully embraces artificiality and surrealism, with much influence from German Expressionist cinema and his fellow Canadian artist Guy Maddin.
December 2, 2020
"The Twentieth Century" confirms there's a deep reservoir of weirdness lurking beneath the placid surface of our neighbors to the north.
December 1, 2020
It ends up being a smashingly good and goofball history of the non-world of Canadian history and flim-flammery, deeply committed to its own colonial crazy.
November 28, 2020
The Twentieth Century is not a satire that makes any meaningful political statements about Canada. However, it does have enough oddball unpredictability, sly metaphors, and eye-catching visuals that make it hard to look away.
November 27, 2020
It's an exercise in absurdity, played and looking like the melodramatic real deal.
November 26, 2020
The Twentieth Century proves that contemporary cinema still has an appetite for sweeping portions of unparalleled imagination and humor.
November 26, 2020
"The Twentieth Century" lacks the demented, all-encompassing artistic vision of a Maddin movie... but it's a welcome diversion and Rankin's send-up of Great White North Great-Man pieties is at times inexplicably hilarious.
November 22, 2020
It is so rare these days for a wildly experimental art film to come along, it's truly one-of-a-kind and manages to be hugely funny and entertaining to boot. I would love more films to have even ten per cent of the ingenuity and imagination on display here
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