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Yes Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Andrew Sun
Hollywood Reporter
November 1, 2005
Despite many interesting mise-en-scene moments, the film disappointingly feels as sterile as the family's immaculately clean house.
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2005
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8, 2005
The actors are so committed to Potter's vision, they persuade you to go along with them.
| Original Score: B
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 18, 2005
Your taste in movies may not be/ Quite so highbrow or so twee/ But Potter has a lot to say/ About the troubles of our day.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 29, 2005
It's a bold exercise, an interesting experiment, but a movie it ain't.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 29, 2005
Potter's exploration of modern love fractured by cultural differences can be absorbing even if it feels at times like an intellectual exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 28, 2005
For those who accept Potter's premise -- and why not embark on a challenging, enriching experience? -- this is a unique, bold adventure of the soul.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 22, 2005
Refreshing, innovative and unafraid of taking chances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 22, 2005
Rough-hewn as they are, Potter's verse, ranging from flowery to obscene, compels the viewer toward a fresh way of listening.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 15, 2005
The verse quickly lifts the movie into a celebration of language, both spoken and unspoken.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 14, 2005
Potter explores midlife ennui, (middle-)East-West tension, theology, biology and the irrational nature of romance in this ambitious, if ultimately sketchy, drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 14, 2005
Studded with wonderful moments when the characters cut loose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 9, 2005
Overturns some of the usual assumptions about what movies can and should do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 8, 2005
Less a formal triumph than a movie that's redeemed by the one thing movies express better than ideas: a delicate yet compelling eroticism.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 8, 2005
Writer-director Sally Potter has dived brilliantly off a 100-foot ledge to engage the aftermath of 9/11 with poetry.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 7, 2005
Chained to a stubborn insistence on iambic pentameter, determined to load its lovers down with geopolitical symbolism, Sally Potter's Yes is an ambitious stunt that must have sounded better in the filmmaker's head.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
July 7, 2005
This is the kind of movie that nice people call ambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2005
Alive and daring, not a rehearsal of safe material and styles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 1, 2005
The film is mostly unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 1, 2005
Those in search of a work of peerlessly stupefying intellectual vanity presented entirely in iambic pentameter should stop looking. It's right here.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 29, 2005
Parse the philosophy behind the spill of words, though, and you'll find intellectual jumble, junk.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 27, 2005
Despite the talents and earnest intentions of writer/director Sally Potter and the terrific cast, I found Yes to be an unbearably pretentious and condescending art-house film with flashy, self-conscious camerawork, and lots of indie-film gimmicks.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 24, 2005
The actors are emotional, but the presentation is theoretical to the point of absurdity.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 24, 2005
The more serious Potter gets (there are several earnest soliloquies about dirt), the harder it is not to laugh.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 23, 2005
Yes offers a case study in the moral complacency of the creative class, and its verbal cleverness cannot disguise the vacuous self-affirmation summed up in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2005
Bold, vibrant and impassioned, Yes is the work of a high-risk film artist in command of her medium and gifted in propelling her actors to soaring performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 23, 2005
Pic ultimately has nothing of any real depth or profundity to say, but a thousand self-consciously complex ways of saying it.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 23, 2005
Ms. Potter has gambled heavily with her ambitious conceit, and the bet has paid off magnificently: The loveliness of Yes is sublime.
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 23, 2005
Potter's script is entirely in iambic pentameter -- stressed second beats, five such beats to a line -- which is clever enough, but any message becomes obscured by sheer distraction.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
June 21, 2005
Potter's anachronistic rhyme schemes tumble forth with an out-damned-spot verve that rages against irrelevance.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 20, 2005
You may get off on this enthralling stuff, but after half an hour I'd had enough.