Vox Lux Reviews

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October 2, 2020
Despite some unneeded narration by Willem Dafoe that gives the film some slight pretension, Vox Lux still manages to be an ambitious masterpiece.
July 26, 2020
Trauma is the new ennui. That may sound cynical, but Vox Lux is too amoral to be cynical. It's cold and cruel -- maybe even bitter -- but not cynical.
July 18, 2020
It's all a bit of a mess, but that's part of the point: tragedy and entertainment are intertwined, and the media ruthlessly exploits suffering for eye-grabbing headlines.
June 26, 2020
Natalie Portman sings Sia's songs in this boldly stylised and intellectually ambitious film about pop music.
June 19, 2020
Fascinating and daring, isolating small bursts of consolation in a deeply upsetting time while asking how enduring joy can exist for kids brought up on relentless heartache.
May 29, 2020
Vox Lux is an exquisite pop-infused masterpiece that solidifies Portman's status as one of the most daring actors currently working.
February 21, 2020
Music is beside the point here. Vox Lux is concerned with the desensitizing powers of idol worship, with all its relevant connections. It understands the lure of escape and questions the effects of that desire.
February 1, 2020
A difficult at times to watch film, especially the scenes of violence in the school and on the beach resort, used probably as only context, still seem really fresh in everyone's minds which might put some viewers off.
October 23, 2019
A work of great style, sharp observations and unexpected tonal shifts... It confirms Corbet as a vital and genuinely special voice in filmmaking.
August 6, 2019
Great performances and the director's determination to plunge us into uncomfortable territory make it an experience you are unlikely to forget.
July 17, 2019
Vox Lux begins with fierce momentum, but ultimately succumbs to its own crushing weight, failing to make good on its vast potential.
June 23, 2019
Celeste is a pious 13-year-old naïf when in 1999 her world is rocked by a shooting that injures her significantly while crystallising her singing voice.
June 17, 2019
Vox Lux is not a perfect film, but it perfectly portrays a life half-lived. [Full review in Spanish]
June 5, 2019
Featuring a spellbinding performance from Portman, Vox Lux is an intoxicating, provocative gem with real thematic depth.
May 29, 2019
In the glittering ashes of its final performance, Vox Lux emerges as an audacious and glittering celebrity hellscape in which Portman soars as the acid-tongued diva at its centre.
May 8, 2019
The film will divide opinion but the late Scott Walker's score is wonderful.
May 6, 2019
Very strange, not wholly successful, but Jude Law is fantastic in it, and I'd always rather watch a filmmaker take a risk..."A Dark Star is Born."
May 5, 2019
Vox Lux outstrips Bohemian Rhapsody in terms of ambition and stylistic panache.
May 3, 2019
[I]t is Walker's final score prior to his death in 2019 (his second for Corbet) that really elevates a cautionary tale to true grandeur.
May 3, 2019
In this fascinating, darkly funny and operatic examination of fame, Corbet's philosophy echoes Celeste's: "You wanted a show. I'll give them a show.".
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