Jauja Image
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Jake Cole
    Sep 19, 2014
    88
    Other films of this ilk use widescreen composition to highlight a terrifying existential void, but these cramped frames tend to produce the nutty energy of cabin fever.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Sep 22, 2014
    80
    In Jauja, Alsonso saves his most dazzling trick for last: a sudden plunge down a Lynchian rabbit hole that should, by all means, rupture the film’s hypnotizing atmosphere, but instead pulls the viewer in even deeper.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Sep 22, 2014
    70
    The last sequence takes the esoterism one step farther, in a beautiful ending that seems to link European wealth to those long-ago events in Latin America.
  4. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    It is a demanding watch, but at the same time, Alonso's latest has a bizarre, beguiling quality which drifts towards the sublime even if it never quite gets to its destination.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Sep 22, 2014
    58
    Perversely episodic, strangely empty, and unfolding in a series of beautifully composed but static wide shots (giving us the unusual experience of literally yearning for a close-up), the film is a test of patience.
  6. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 22, 2014
    50
    Intermittently playful, consistently confounding, finally petrified, it's a film of fussy, cultivated austerity.