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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 10 out of 38
  1. After a while, a didactic overdeliberateness seeps into Noé's design, but there's no doubt that he's a new kind of dark film wizard: a poet of apocalyptic shock.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    80
    A demanding but rewarding emotional odyssey in a challenging visual package.
  3. An integrated work whose form clearly mirrors its content. Often, looking into that mirror is dreadful; but, often enough, it's also dreadfully revealing.
  4. 60
    Anyone with a weak heart or a queasy stomach should stay away. In fact, most everyone everywhere should stay away. But if you still want to see Irreversible, be prepared to see images that will upset and disturb you for a long, long time. Be prepared to be shaken to the very core.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    To cut Noe a break, it does become evident that he has a viable narrative concept. Told backward, á la "Memento."
  6. 40
    Though Mr. Noé displays prodigious filmmaking technique, his punk-operatic meditation on life, love, anger and -- most important -- guilt is superficially inventive, but singularly adolescent.
  7. 0
    Truthfully, it's all incredibly boring. Noé tosses in some dime-store existentialism ("Time destroys everything"), but this is a movie with not a whole lot on its mind except rank exploitation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. GilbertMulroneycakesOnTheSouthBankShow
    Oct 27, 2003
    9
    Sorry to barge in again - and the Meta editors can feel free not to publish it [Ed: wouldn't dream of it, Gilbert...Keep bargin' in Sorry to barge in again - and the Meta editors can feel free not to publish it [Ed: wouldn't dream of it, Gilbert...Keep bargin' in whenever you need to!] - but I really must react to the words of "Sharmoot". One word in particular. Pretentious. I hate it. I want it killed. It's a word that the ignorant use to shield themselves against people who use words of more than one syllable (though I hasten to add that I don't wish to imply that Sharmoot is one of these people, qua idea, just that they've used a word that makes them look like they might be). Sorry, Sharmoot, but how you can talk about Irreversible without discussing art and structure is beyond me - this isn't a Martin Lawrence film, this is a proper piece of cinematic art (and as such, I'm surprised not to see Yoon Min C.'s name anywhere yet...). To review it with just three sentences would be like saying "Yeah, it's not bad, I quite like it" about the Last Supper, or Picasso's Guernica. It's a piece of art, and I reviewed it as such, and I don't appreciate being called "pretentious" just because of it. Especially not - with respect - by someone who says, in all apparent seriousness, that it would be better if it wasn't French. You may not have written a thesis on it, but you could - and probably should - have done. And Toby B would probably agree. Oh, and by the way, if you enjoyed it, there's something wrong with you, because it's horrible. There. Just needed that said. Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2015
    8
    Not really surprised that people would rather turn their heads, or focus on the wrong things (like the movie being French?) than actuallyNot really surprised that people would rather turn their heads, or focus on the wrong things (like the movie being French?) than actually taking a look at whats being presented here. The comparisons to Momento are wrong -- Momento actually gets WORSE the more you watch it, here there are enoughsmall details to make a second watching rewarding (like Alex's posters, her comments on dreams, the meaning of the tunnel). The violence is brutal and disturbing, which is how violence SHOULD be film-- no Hollywood glorification of violence and revenge, like Kill Bill, which makes our bodies more like cartoons.This movie is alive and real, the late night car ride being a picture-perfect representation of how it feels to be drunk in a crowded city. the camera work in almost every scene is superb. Expand
  3. Mar 31, 2014
    8
    A thesis that remains snappy as his filmography grows, Irreversible is seemingly an intentional film on the atrocities the human race can makeA thesis that remains snappy as his filmography grows, Irreversible is seemingly an intentional film on the atrocities the human race can make and do to one another. Its ordering is its strongest point as it gives an entirely different viewer response. Your jaw will plummet to the floor at the turn of the end credits. Expand
  4. Dec 9, 2011
    5
    Didn't really understand the whole story. The film is totally confused and it wants to say more than it should. An art-movie won't be a greatDidn't really understand the whole story. The film is totally confused and it wants to say more than it should. An art-movie won't be a great film if they use shaky cameras but if they give some moral message. It fails this. Collapse
  5. Oct 8, 2010
    2
    It fails to provide any moral massage. It tries hard to create a "revenge flick", but only offends and shocks the viewer. It proves that anyIt fails to provide any moral massage. It tries hard to create a "revenge flick", but only offends and shocks the viewer. It proves that any movie can become a cult classic; they just need to be shocking, have a shaky camerawork, and be french. Expand
  6. TylerC.
    Apr 12, 2006
    0
    This is just simply a horrible french remake of Momento, which came out a year before this stupid film did, and was a hundred times better This is just simply a horrible french remake of Momento, which came out a year before this stupid film did, and was a hundred times better than this was. Expand
  7. JohnO
    Apr 12, 2007
    0
    At the film's conclusion I was just left asking myself what the point was. There was no discernible justification for the brutality that At the film's conclusion I was just left asking myself what the point was. There was no discernible justification for the brutality that I could see. Whatever argument Noe was trying to make is lost in his complete contempt for the audience. If, as he claims, he is so influenced by Kubrick, I suggest he stop throwing his rattle out of the pram and start posing his arguments with a little more maturity and reason. Expand

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