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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 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  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. Nov 13, 2013
    10
    The film is an invitation to open your mind, heart & eyes and simply imagine. A collection of scenes stitched together only by a man who must take on any role and has the means to do so. On the surface the ice is cold and hard, but underneath there is so much to discover. A film wise enough to look and the mirror and laugh, but not too loud. A father, an old lady, a dying man, a killer, a lover, a ninja, a musician, a celebration of life and art. Like life itself, Holy Motors takes many unexpected turns. Holy Motors is a unique, surreal ride; aRt on wheels. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jan 12, 2013
    8
    Only the the French or a lunatic could make this film! Or in this case: both. This is one of those wonderfully weird movies where nothing is explained but left up to the viewer to figure out. It's self reflective on the nature of cinema, how it's interwoven with reality and the relation it has to it's audence. You can't help but stare almost hypnotised at the strange scenes and photographically composed shots while constantly wondering where they are going with it and if you're absorbing everything or missing something. It might leave you a bit puzzled so not recommended for people who like clean straightforward movies. If you like to see something completely different, give it a shot! You might like it :) 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 sleeping and secondly because of the monkey scene. Of course the highlight is the breathtaking performance by Denis Lavant. Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2013
    7
    I rated Holy Motors 75 out of 100. The reason i did not give it more points is that after the "infamous" monster sequence, the movie slows down and never reaches the heights it reach until that point. Anyways this is a movie you need to see and make your own explanation about the meanings behind it. I would like to mention Denis Lavant's absolutely outstanding performance, which is one if the best of this year. Holy Motors is a very different movie, a cinematic journey not afraid to explore new territories. Recommended! 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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