Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 88
    It's not always clear exactly what's happening in this dark tale, full of barking dogs and slabs of meat. But you won't be able to take your eyes from the screen; nor will you quickly forget this fiercely original eye-popper.
  2. 80
    It's another blast of vibrant, vicious, gloomy electricity from the always-surprising Russian film scene, and the beginning of an important career.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    80
    But most important, for the adventurous moviegoer, it's more than apparent throughout this inventive, hypnotic and queasily funny portrayal of socioeconomic chaos that this director is a talent to watch.
  4. As opaque as it is mesmerizing, 4 demands open eyes and open minds, but neither is it as difficult as all its weighty silences, oblique detours and countless images of glistening, sweating animal flesh - Mother Russia's raw and seriously overcooked - might suggest.
  5. Puzzling, intriguing, and often compelling, apparently set in the present but magical and futuristic in tone.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Immense, mystical, and deranged beyond immediate comprehension, Ilya Khrzhanovsky's 4 is an apocalyptic allegory of Mother Russia and its current state of squalid exhaustion.
  7. 70
    Although Khrzhanovsky has several tricks up his sleeve, 4's most provocative quality is its ironic surplus of beauty.
  8. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    70
    Its bawdy comedy, bravura sound design and uncanny atmosphere will turn on auds with a taste for deeply oddball fare and baffle others.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Looks great but has a shambolic, off-kilter feel that might not be entirely intentional, and is alternately tedious and shocking.
  10. 50
    In spite of a handful of striking images--4 never resolves into anything special.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. ArloB.
    Apr 28, 2006
    7
    Too long. Needed better translation. He's not yet the art director Tarkovsky was. Or the story teller Jarmusch is. But he's got time. And so do I. Full Review »