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Tropical Malady Reviews

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Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2004
Certainly for most audiences the viewing experience will prove not only tedious but bewildering.
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
September 18, 2005
It goes from a love story in the making to the mystical realm of legends where men can be transformed into wild beasts and monkey guides offer sage advice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
August 18, 2005
Some fantasy films make the leap from reality to reverie relatively seamlessly, hopscotching between the two states without leaving the audience behind. Tropical Malady is not one of those.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 12, 2009
Camera work in the first half of 'Tropical Malady' appears jumpy and interrupted by confusing cuts and artsy tricks.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Maintains a visual richness, but loses its way with heavy-going forays into mythology and mysticism.
Top Critic
Deborah Young
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.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 16, 2005
It's as if two completely different movies got spliced together in the editing room, or in the projection booth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 19, 2005
A hypnotic head-scratcher that manages to be oddly fascinating and frustratingly tedious at the same time. Eventually, though, tedium wins.
| Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
July 1, 2005
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's approach to gay love, Thai style, is dissatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 20, 2005
As stylistically striking as it is adventurous.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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
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
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
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
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-
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