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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 hypnotic score by Philip Glass, featuring the passionate cello work of Yo-Yo Ma. (Miramax Films) Collapse
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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. Images wash over you like wind-blown rain, fierce and beautiful at the same time, largely shaped into themes by the haunting music of Philip Glass, who is here joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
  3. 75
    I have problems with Naqoyqatsi as a film, but as a music video it's rather remarkable.
  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. 60
    Dense collage of digitally altered images often looks shockingly like some super-hip media agency's show reel.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    This is more like "The Sixth Sense" writ large: we are all dead but don't know it.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    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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