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  • Summary: This film merges the power of image and music to plunge into the heart of the hyperaccelerated, globally wired 21st century. Mesmerizing images plucked from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques, stream across the screen in synch with a hypnoticThis film merges the power of image and music to plunge into the heart of the hyperaccelerated, globally wired 21st century. Mesmerizing images plucked from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques, stream across the screen in synch with a hypnotic score by Philip Glass, featuring the passionate cello work of Yo-Yo Ma. (Miramax Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Its best moments offer a sense of motion-picture poetry that will lift receptive viewers out of their seats.
  2. 75
    Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this.
  3. There are extraordinary collisions of image and music here that make for some breathtaking sequences, but when that portentous, Gregorian-chanting chorus kicks in with its repetitive mantra of the film's title, it sure sounds a whole lot like they're saying "narcolepsy," not "naqoyqatsi."
  4. 63
    A movie that seems to have been made mostly on the hard drive of a Power Mac G4. But whatever, we get it: Technology destroys everything.
  5. By far the grimmest of these nonnarrative, nonverbal cinematic tone poems with epic ambitions. Although none of the three could be described as cheery, Naqoyqatsi, whose title is the Hopi Indian term for war as a way of life, reeks of doomsday.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    60
    This is more like "The Sixth Sense" writ large: we are all dead but don't know it.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    20
    Pretentious, ponderous and redundant -- You may not need linear narrative to create a great movie, but you do need some original ideas.

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