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Yes Reviews

November 1, 2005
Despite many interesting mise-en-scene moments, the film disappointingly feels as sterile as the family's immaculately clean house.
September 8, 2005
The actors are so committed to Potter's vision, they persuade you to go along with them.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 29, 2005
It's a bold exercise, an interesting experiment, but a movie it ain't.
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
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.
July 22, 2005
Refreshing, innovative and unafraid of taking chances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 15, 2005
The verse quickly lifts the movie into a celebration of language, both spoken and unspoken.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2005
Studded with wonderful moments when the characters cut loose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2005
Overturns some of the usual assumptions about what movies can and should do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 8, 2005
Writer-director Sally Potter has dived brilliantly off a 100-foot ledge to engage the aftermath of 9/11 with poetry.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
July 7, 2005
This is the kind of movie that nice people call ambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 7, 2005
Alive and daring, not a rehearsal of safe material and styles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 1, 2005
The film is mostly unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
June 29, 2005
Parse the philosophy behind the spill of words, though, and you'll find intellectual jumble, junk.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
June 24, 2005
The actors are emotional, but the presentation is theoretical to the point of absurdity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
The more serious Potter gets (there are several earnest soliloquies about dirt), the harder it is not to laugh.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 21, 2005
Potter's anachronistic rhyme schemes tumble forth with an out-damned-spot verve that rages against irrelevance.
June 20, 2005
You may get off on this enthralling stuff, but after half an hour I'd had enough.