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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 formerThe 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: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  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: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 29, 2014
    91
    What Goodbye To Language presents — with its nonstop chatter, its endless musical and literary quotations, and its silly puns and poop jokes — is a dense, expressive, aggressive new medium rich with possibilities for juxtaposing images and creating meaning.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 28, 2014
    90
    It is baffling and beautiful, a flurry of musical and literary snippets arrayed in counterpoint to a series of brilliantly colored and hauntingly evocative pictures.
  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: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 29, 2014
    60
    At only 70 minutes, Goodbye to Language, a Cannes Film Fest Grand Prix winner, has no discernible plot. It’s more like whiffs of a story we sense happening somewhere outside the film.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Dec 3, 2014
    10
    'Goodbye to language' is a most beautiful and synaesthesic experience in cinema. Godard comes back. It's curious that a director 83 aged-old'Goodbye to language' is a most beautiful and synaesthesic experience in cinema. Godard comes back. It's curious that a director 83 aged-old is the Cinema Avat-garde yet. It is like a Schoenberg's piece made in theatre. Expand
  2. 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,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
  3. Nov 25, 2014
    0
    In the end I felt as if 70 minutes of my life had been stolen... not to mention nauseous from the unbelievably bad 3D cinematography andIn the end I felt as if 70 minutes of my life had been stolen... not to mention nauseous from the unbelievably bad 3D cinematography and editing. How could it have won an award? This film was a mishmash of Hitler, nudity, and too many overly long scenes of an ugly man sitting on a toilet. There was no discernible plot, no character development... The best thing about the film was the home movie of Godard's dog and even that had been spoiled by over saturated colors and poorly applied 3D. Apparently this movie is the swan song of an over-the- hill director and his cadre of sycophants that seem to believe if you make it painful enough to watch it must be "art". Expand

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