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Visitors Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 27, 2016
While that unknowing used to invigorate me to scour resources and get to the heart of the art itself, I now merely shrug as I move on to the next new thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jamie S. Rich
February 17, 2014
"Visitors" would maybe make for an intriguing museum installation, but as a movie, it's the pits.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
January 22, 2014
Many of the children whose faces are shown in the film were shot as they looked at video games; their expressions suggest that whatever they were watching was a lot more fascinating than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
February 27, 2014
This is a dialogue-free documentary composed of beautiful black-and-white photography set to an atmospheric Philip Glass score, and it's a patience-straining exercise in narrative asceticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
January 21, 2014
Watching a Godfrey Reggio movie is like hearing somebody brag about not owning a TV -- it's insufferable as much for being sanctimonious as for being utterly clichéd.
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
March 31, 2014
Too empty to arouse insight and too samey to sustain excitement, Reggio's best hope is that audiences will fall into a communal trance before they fall asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
January 23, 2014
Godfrey Reggio's latest movie, "Visitors," has all of the pretensions and none of the pop of his earlier work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 6, 2014
At times, "Visitors" feels like a fully realized vision; at others, an exercise in pretentiousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
January 31, 2014
As it glides along from one pretty picture to the next, Visitors starts to feel less like a singular artistic gesture than a compendium of quasi-experimental film clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
January 23, 2014
A tedious Rorschach test whose novelty depends on discounting much of the history of photographic, cinematic, and gallery art.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 21, 2014
[Reggio's] formal devices haven't changed in 30 years, and the po-faced presentation, once hypnotically strange and cosmic, now feels like an overused gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
April 4, 2014
For all its beauty -- and in spite of Glass's majestic music -- the effect is bewildering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 6, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2014
It all sounds quite convincing in theory, but in practice this mélange of imagery is aimed more at the inside of Reggio's head than anywhere else.
George Wu
February 17, 2014
Godfrey has said he wants Visitors to be about texture, not text, but it actually feels like the most cerebral of his films and not in a good way, but rather in an overdetermined didactic way.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 6, 2014
The "oh, come off it" art movie of 2014.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
March 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thirza Wakefield
Little White Lies
April 3, 2014
The director of the seminal time-lapse aria, Koyaanisqatsi, slows things down for his scintillating and otherworldly latest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Schobert
The Playlist
September 9, 2013
Reggio's film is an artistic and aesthetic achievement unlikely to be equaled in 2013, and perhaps the only film in recent memory which can proudly claim to be unlike anything else we have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jon Lyus
April 10, 2014
Visitors will work for some but fall short for many, it is an experiment in filmmaking that attempts something new but ultimately fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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