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  • Summary: Inspired by the filmmaker’s fascination with the after hours life of stretch limousines, Denis Lavant plays Monsieur Oscar who, over the course of a single day, takes on 10 other guises, ranging from a gangster and ageing millionaire to a troubled parent and anarchic tramp. Including a few unexpected cameos, Holy Motors is the rarest of things – a true original. (Indomina Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Oct 15, 2012
    100
    Splashing around in the same mad puddle as Lynch but a good deal funnier, this tale of a man with many faces is an exhilarating, audacious, lunatic rocket-ride. Hop on board.
  2. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Oct 18, 2012
    100
    Each episode of director Leos Carax's film perfectly masters the exact tone of a different genre, finding precisely the saddest moment in each of its vignettes.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 12, 2012
    100
    An electrifying, confounding, what-the-hell-just-happened exercise in unbounded imagination, unapologetic theatricality, bravura acting and head-over-heels movie-love.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 18, 2012
    88
    Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. It's a thing of beauty.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Oct 20, 2012
    80
    Holy Motors, a movie that's beyond weird, and beyond beautiful.
  6. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 21, 2012
    75
    Holy Motors is wild and unfettered and playful - the work of an artist who carries his love of cinema in his bones, and knows how to share that affection with the audience.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 19, 2012
    50
    The sort of enigmatic movie that many critics embrace because it's open to endless interpretation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Jan 27, 2013
    10
    A celebration of the many bells, whistles, and motivations that go unseen in the making of film, each pseudo vignette of Holy Motors shows the many ways that films make us feel, think, and react. The sparse clips of early film images (a man doing body exercises) suggest that Leos Carax is striving for more than a simple 'this symbolizes this' mentality, and instead chooses to lament the days when a film was shot on film. The opening scene shows Carax as the viewer in a cinema filled with emotionless audience members. The people approach the cinema as a brain dead exercise in banality, and therefore are represented as brain dead corpses. It is only when Carax enters the theater that the gorgeous elements of Holy Motors are shown to us, which is to say that there are higher levels of intelligent cinema waiting to be mined and brought forth for those who are willing to view them. Let the movie zombies go watch...well, movies about zombies. Save the creative and intelligent work for those who appreciate them. Expand
  2. Feb 24, 2013
    10
    Such a surrealistic masterpiece, Holy Motors are intended to be disgusting, violent and pathetic, so the viewer can found the harsh beauty that lies within by digging deep in this exceptional tour de force. Holy Motors is a difficult, disturbing and oddly mesmerizing film. One the past year's best movies. Expand
  3. Dec 19, 2013
    10
    I love this surrealistic romp through Paris is a beautiful piece of storytelling. It is basically several short stories pieced together in a very creative fashion. Holy Motors is bizarre, to say the least, but still accessible. At the end of it all, I was left asking questions like, what was real, which for me is a good thing! Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2012
    8
    This has got to be one of the most bizarre films I've ever scene. Delivered to us straight from the art house, Holy Motors is a mad piece of work. It follows an actor starring in a film I call the real world; where the streets of Paris is his acting playground. Yes, this is his actual job, he takes it very seriously and there are others like him. Dennis Lavant is forced to stretch his physical acting prowess as the star of this film; and Kylie Minogue (who performs an awesome number) displays her acting chops. I am not sure what to make of this film by it's grossly unusual end; but one thing was certain, I enjoyed it. Viewers should proceed with caution; this odd movie is not for everyone. Expand
  5. Nov 23, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Warning spoiler ahead?

    I had no idea what this movie was, or was about. Watched it based on the metacritic reviews. This is an art film, on the topic of cinema, acting, and the state of the industry. The acting in this film is very good, but after watching it, I have no idea what the film is actually attempting to convey exactly. My advice? Just enjoy it, don't try to really make sense of it til the credits roll. My take on it is that the filmmaker believes that the movie industry is running out of creativity, and this his his attempt to simply create something on film. So just throw logic out the window and do your best to appreciate it as cinema in its individual parts. It is up to you to define it.
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  6. Feb 5, 2013
    8
    Holy Motors, all of a sudden contained much of what i like and don't like about movies. It was carefully paced, insanely weird, exceptionally visionary and courageous, largely experimental, ultimately disturbing. All in all, surprisingly good surreal dreamscape. But it also frightened me and sometimes its sadness was overwhelming and unbearable. With all of its surrealism, it still felt as a realistic intrusion and exposure of my own little live and privacy. It was like we all live on the stage of a singular theater, from day to day, from second to second playing our self, acting that we have control over our self, pretending to be free, when in fact we aren't even allowed to go backstage for a minute to take some rest. It haunted me. Expand
  7. Apr 17, 2013
    0
    Deep down in my heart, I felt like this was the WORSE MOVIE EVER MADE! it's WORSE THAN HORROR/ROM-COM MOVIES! it's like you are watching a horrible Theater Play..

    (The good thing is: Now, everytime I need to check if a Reviewer is stupid, I can check if he/she liked this crap! hahahaha)
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