Vox Lux Reviews
August 9, 2020
It should be great, and indeed from promotional art and trailers it looks great, but the final production is a crushing disappointment.
July 30, 2020
Corbet abandons the nuanced development of Celeste for a Lady Gaga-Katy Perry mashup, by way of Jersey Shore.
July 23, 2020
Not even Portman's solid performance as the pop diva can sustain the unbalanced narrative. [Full review in Spanish]
July 1, 2020
And as a character study, the film should've let Portman improvise and riff on a predetermined set of topics for each scene.
February 13, 2020
...there is much to congratulate Brady Corbet's second feature on. These varying grand ambitions, however, never quite harmonise to full effect, leaving VOX LUX feeling more diminuendo than crescendo as it progresses.
September 25, 2019
By the time his heroine is belting out her third-rate songs in a sequined jumpsuit, you can't help but wish you'd stayed home.
August 29, 2019
The entire film rests on Natalie Portman. There's no question about her commitment to this role, but we think that it's too over the top and becomes tedious, especially with it's abrupt end which left us in stunned silence.
August 1, 2019
Vox Lux has too many ideas it's trying to grapple with that it ends up not having any ideas.
July 24, 2019
The movie asks good questions but fails to answer them in an interesting way. What makes an ordinary person seek out superstardom and why is the public so obsessed with taking it away from them?
June 30, 2019
Brady Corbet's new film about the pitfalls of stardom is an interesting but flawed picture; one with worthwhile themes and terrific performances, but not with a great deal to say.
May 5, 2019
It's episodic by design. Even so, the plot is prone to unnerving lurches, like a baked and boozed Celeste struggling to walk on high heels and spaghetti legs.
May 2, 2019
An avalanche of unoriginal clichés that don't say anything original about either the terrorism of rampaging killers or the corrosive effect of celebrity.
April 29, 2019
It just feels like another half-sketched idea, the end result of a screenplay which bites off a little more than it can chew.
April 25, 2019
[Director Brady Corbet's] attempt to establish a relationship between pop music and capitalism, terrorism and the socio-economic future of American society in the last two decades is too ambitious and doesn't jell. [Full review in Spanish]
April 15, 2019
...ultimately Corbet's film fails to hit the high notes.
March 29, 2019
This gradual inconclusive petering out is a strategy in itself. Its cold, tired repetitiveness, I guess, is the goal, although maybe it's meant to be redemptive or triumphant. Or maybe Corbet is rickrolling us.
March 20, 2019
It's like watching someone solve a knock-off Rubik's cube by simply peeling off all the stickers.
March 1, 2019
[The second half] of the film is meandering and pointless, underlining previously nuanced themes ... without meaningful development nor surprises.