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Tropical Malady Reviews

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Top Critic
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
July 15, 2005
An intriguing emotional and intellectual puzzle that made me feel exhilarated and contemplative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 15, 2005
This new film is a mad puzzle, given as a gift from someone who recognizes his audience as thinking, feeling beings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
July 9, 2005
The real reward of Tropical Malady is the moviemaking itself. It's slow, anecdotal, and told entirely from street level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 5, 2005
It's not the kind of movie you simply leave behind in the theater. It will follow you home, leaving only a trail of soft, invisible paw prints.

E! Online
July 1, 2005
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's approach to gay love, Thai style, is dissatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 1, 2005
Weearsethakul is such an exciting director, a filmmaker rightfully at the forefront of what some are already calling the 'Thai New Wave.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 1, 2005
A few adventurous souls who have taken their malaria shots will be blown away by writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's brilliant tinkering with narrative and visuals to tell a simple, timeless story in a wholly new and exciting way.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 30, 2005
While it's anything but commercial, it's also anything but unadventurous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 29, 2005
If you enjoy intelligent, challenging filmmaking, Tropical Malady is for you.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 29, 2005
There is no loss of art-movie face to be had, I assure you, in admitting difficulty with the filmmaker's intentional tangle of genres as he stakes his story between waking life and legend.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 28, 2005
The most beguilingly mysterious film you are likely to see this year, Tropical Malady delves into gay desire and Thai myth in utterly original, bizarre, and erotic way
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
June 28, 2005
World cinema's premier maker of mysterious objects, Apichatpong Weerasethakul is on a one-man mission to change the way we watch movies.
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
March 8, 2005
The leisurely storytelling may frustrate some viewers, yet this mysterious film succeeds in casting its own sensual spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Clarke
Sight and Sound
March 1, 2005
This is a work of outstanding originality and power that comes nearer to the condition of the quest and the dream-state than any film in recent years.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
Those of us unfamiliar with Thai folklore will have a very rough time unpacking the film's lovely and dense symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 19, 2004
With this fractured love story, the Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul pushes at the limits of narrative with grace and a puckish willfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
October 6, 2004
A purposefully incomplete vision of magic, myth, and love that requires the viewer to fill in the gaps.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2004
Certainly for most audiences the viewing experience will prove not only tedious but bewildering.
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Deborah Young
Variety
October 5, 2004
Takes the viewer on a mysterious and sporadically fascinating trip into the darkness of the human heart and Thai legend, but only after an hour of a weakly structured story about two young men who are attracted to each other.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 3, 2004
Tropical Malady is a mesmerizing Thai film about the mysteries of human desire and the power of darkness where dreams and memories merge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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