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  • Summary: The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby's cries. In the meantime, we will have seen people talking of the demise of the dollar, of truth in mathematics and of the death of a robin. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Sep 22, 2014
    100
    Cinema is a vernacular of domination, and quaking with revelations both formal and personal, the film attests that Godard has spent his career apologizing for it.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Oct 28, 2014
    90
    For all of its provocatively cerebral ideas, the prevailing truth is that Goodbye To Language is actually a great deal of fun—not just to think about, but also to experience. It’s “Godard: The Ride.”
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 28, 2014
    90
    To muddle through confusion, boredom, vaguely formed interest, brief elation, and confusion again is to experience the work as its creator intended.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 24, 2014
    80
    It’s nice to see this great filmmaker sculpting something that feels genuinely revelatory. That’s not to say that the 3-D Goodbye to Language is always an easy sit.
  5. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    May 24, 2014
    75
    Godard's full length take on 3D is bold, brilliant and exactly what the format needed — a iconoclast taking it and making his own, and almost every time he frames a shot in three dimensions, from opening credits to the final moments, there's something attention-grabbing going on.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Nicholson
    Sep 10, 2014
    60
    Godard is not willing to sit back in his dotage but strives to push at the boundaries of the medium, resulting in this rich, witty and thoroughly baffling provocation. Less of a narrative or a thesis than an esoteric patchwork visual essay condemning our fallen society, it's intent on being as abrasive as possible in almost every way.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 29, 2014
    0
    Dr. Godard drops and quotes more names than you’d find in a week’s worth of Page Six, but lots of luck figuring any of this out before dozing off. The good thing about Goodbye to Language is that you’ll wake up with no side effects, albeit your wallet will be $12 lighter.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Nov 17, 2014
    0
    I still can't believe this won the Jury Prize in Cannes this year. The story loses because all those names and quotes, the history lessons, the changing scenes and the annoying sounds. I've never been so bored in a movie. Expand

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