Visitors (2014)



Critic Consensus: While director Godfrey Reggio's filmmaking style has lost some of its initial thrill, Visitors finds him returning to his familiar milieu with customary élan.

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Thirty years after "Koyaanisqatsi," Godfrey Reggio-with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane-once again leapfrogs over earthbound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh in stunning black and white 4K digital projection, "Visitors" reveals humanity's trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, "Visitors" takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves. (c) Cinedigm
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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (23)

With only 74 slowly unfolding shots, it's closer to gallery installation than conventional cinema, but for audiences open to the experience, it's inexplicably compelling.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
Time Out
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Non-narrative films can be opaque in deep ways. Visitors slips into pseudo-profundity. That said, I'd see it again.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
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We get the point, and have gotten it since 1982. And aestheticizing it in this way doesn't make the message any more convincing or urgent.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Boston Globe
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The "oh, come off it" art movie of 2014.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Reggio has talked about his movies as attempts to bypass the intellect, a "visceral form of cinema" that's "aimed at your solar plexus." But you may experience "Visitors" as more of a sedative than a punch in the guts.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Visitors" restores a sense of monumentality to a medium that has seemed so diminished by recent technological and commercial imperatives ...

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Visitors


Another film in the vein of Koyaanisqatsi, with moody music and interesting photography, this is a fun item to pop in either for close examination or just for some background 'noise', as it can be rather unobtrusive. Rental!

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Shots of faces, followed by shots of buildings, then more faces, and sometimes hands or landscapes, all set to a rich minimalist score by Philip Glass. Now, in theory the human face is infinitely fascinating in its singular expressiveness, and this visual/musical experiment from the director of KOYAANISQUTSI has clear artistic heft; yet, like most people, I was bored.

Greg S
Greg S

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Visitors blends the music of Phillip Glass & some slow motion close-ups of faces to craft a film that feels like a symphony played with images of the human body. I didn't always get it, but I don't think I was meant to

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

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