Holy Motors

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

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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 fewInspired 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) Collapse
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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: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  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 theA 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. Oct 17, 2012
    10
    Holy Motors is one of the best movies of this year -in my opinion- is interesting, have an awesome but weird trama, the development is reallyHoly Motors is one of the best movies of this year -in my opinion- is interesting, have an awesome but weird trama, the development is really great, the performances are incredible and the screenplay is excellent. Holy Motors is an awesome movie. Expand
  3. Jun 28, 2013
    9
    Is something real if no one believes in it? Then why go on? You need to step out of your narrative movie box. It's an unclassifiable filmIs something real if no one believes in it? Then why go on? You need to step out of your narrative movie box. It's an unclassifiable film cryptic, absurd, and obtuse but there isn't a second that isn't completely enthralling. The ending is flat, but that is an isolated and small complaint. I definitely need to see it a few more times. 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 ofThis 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. Feb 13, 2013
    8
    It's a movie about movies and it's very well done. Although i felt like the director is mocking us, firstly because the audience is sleepingIt's a movie about movies and it's very well done. Although i felt like the director is mocking us, firstly because the audience is sleeping and secondly because of the monkey scene. Of course the highlight is the breathtaking performance by Denis Lavant. Expand
  6. Nov 20, 2012
    4
    No, this film has far too many boring stretches to work - especially in the second half of the film. I'm a fan of Cronnenberg, Lynch andNo, this film has far too many boring stretches to work - especially in the second half of the film. I'm a fan of Cronnenberg, Lynch and other filmmakers who do weird in much more interesting and provocative ways. Sure, there are some disturbing images and fodder for discussion - they're simply not tied together into a meaningful whole which worked for me. I went into the film knowing generally what to expect, and I can let good inaccessible art flow by me, but I checked my watch 2 or 3 too many times for my liking. 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 aDeep 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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