Vox Lux Reviews

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May 3, 2019
Beautifully directed by the former actor Brady Corbet...this is a dark and sometimes unnerving dissection of contemporary culture, and the violence and sensuality that drive it.
May 2, 2019
An unflinching cautionary tale on the price of fame.
May 1, 2019
Vox Lux does what good pop songs do - it shushes your doubts and quickens your pulse.
May 1, 2019
A dark star is born in this intriguing if weirdly anticlimactic and undeveloped new film from Brady Corbet.
February 20, 2019
But unlike many show-off stylists, [Corbet] rarely becomes monotonous, thanks to his dedication to catching the audience off-guard.
January 3, 2019
Vox Lux is undone by its self- righteousness.
December 23, 2018
If you'll pardon another pop-writing cliché, there are plenty of killer singles here but not a full-length album.
December 20, 2018
Vox Lux plays like the loveless and cynical flip side to Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born.
December 14, 2018
Through it all, Natalie Portman is a gamer, but in the case of this neon nightmare of a film, it was Game Over long before she hit the concert stage.
December 14, 2018
Ultimately, the indulgent "Vox Lux" comes across like a puzzling leaked demo that hasn't been finessed into a cohesive song.
December 14, 2018
"Vox Lux" throws a lot at the wall, and while not all of it sticks, it still manages to rattle a nerve and linger long after the credits roll.
December 13, 2018
After a point, we're left wondering whether we're watching a character study or caricature. Either way, the portrait gradually morphs from intriguing to tedious.
December 12, 2018
Corbet has no time for conventional psychology and nuance. He's a sensationalist, primarily. But he knows how to move a camera, and while it may be thin, his movie is never less than engrossing in its strangeness.
December 8, 2018
Portman arrives in the film like a force of nature, tearing into her role with reckless abandon. Portman is so much fun to watch behaving badly that viewers may actually root for her to self-destruct; she is that entertaining.
December 8, 2018
It's rare that a movie with such a promising first half completely falls apart in the second - when the Oscar winner shows up. Portman's performance is a big, big swing - and a huge miss.
December 7, 2018
"Vox Lux" sinks under the weight of its own bombastic earnestness. Unfortunately, it pulls one of the best modern actresses, Portman, down along with it.
December 7, 2018
The film yields no insights into stardom's perils that surpass, say, the recent Netflix documentary on Lady Gaga's life.
Top Critic
December 7, 2018
The magic of the movie is exactly this: its grand ambitions, the way it reaches for the stars just as Celeste commands all her "little angels" to do.
December 7, 2018
Vox Lux is a failure, but one I can't stop thinking about.
December 7, 2018
[A] dead-on portrait of a lost soul who may never quite find herself but who makes an uneasy peace with what the world has made of her.
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