Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
Watch On
  1. 60
    Dense collage of digitally altered images often looks shockingly like some super-hip media agency's show reel.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Possessed of another outstanding wall-to-wall score by Philip Glass but rather fuzzy in its message, entry differs from its predecessors in that roughly 80% of its images are derived from existing sources and have been "tortured and recontextualized" to unusual and sometimes extreme effect.
  4. It would be very possible for a reasonably intelligent person to sit through its tidal wave of imagery and not get this vision at all.
  5. 40
    Part of what made "Koyaanisqatsi" such a revelation was its purely cinematic dependence on unconstructed imagery. Here, he adds a parade of religious, corporate, and political icons, and what's already preachy turns heavy-handed.
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    Sadly, Naqoyqatsi quickly degenerates into a monotonous skein of banal images which strangely reinforces the message that we're living in a damn dull society.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    60
    This is more like "The Sixth Sense" writ large: we are all dead but don't know it.
  8. Reviewed by: David Chute
    40
    Incoherence reigns.

There are no user reviews yet.