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Tropical Malady Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 5, 2010
What initially appears a vague and meandering plot line is actually our introduction into a sort of dream state where nothing is what it seems on the surface.
Fernando F. Croce
September 5, 2009
Humid transcendence
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 24, 2006
The most original film I've seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: A

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 2, 2006
The division of the two halves is pronounced and disruptive ... but the filmmaking is assured and focused, reaching for abstraction and poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jesse Paddock
December 23, 2005
A weird, gorgeous and disorienting act of exploration
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 20, 2005
As stylistically striking as it is adventurous.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 2, 2005
The film evolves into something deeper, a story about the atavistic wildness within people.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 19, 2005
For an exquisite taste of sensory cinema, look no further.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 18, 2005
A film more textural than narrative, it's for viewers willing to lose themselves in a truly sensual jungle experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeremy Heilman
August 7, 2005
Apichatpong poetically expresses the transformative quality of love, realizing a kind of intense profundity that simply could not be reached in any other medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 5, 2005
Weerasethakul's confident composition of sight and sound induces a trance-like state with an elegant suggestion: that all-consuming love is for old souls.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 30, 2005 rich and dense as thick molten chocolate...and flows just as slowly
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2005
Tropical Malady is the work of a visionary fabulist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 21, 2005
This may be one of the most rapturously original, mysteriously beautiful love stories ever told -- Baboon-language skills optional.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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
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
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.
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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