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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
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  1. Nov 28, 2012
    10
    This is possibly my favorite movie ever. It's not for everyone, but if you like unique, intelligent, creative, engaging films you better not pass up on this one. Don't go into it with expectations of some Hollywood-esqe experience, this is a very different creature. I almost never watch movies more than once, but I have a desire to watch this movie pretty much annually. If you like thisThis is possibly my favorite movie ever. It's not for everyone, but if you like unique, intelligent, creative, engaging films you better not pass up on this one. Don't go into it with expectations of some Hollywood-esqe experience, this is a very different creature. I almost never watch movies more than once, but I have a desire to watch this movie pretty much annually. If you like this movie, check out other films by Hal Hartley (Henry Fool, Book of Life, etc). I've never seen one I haven't been impressed with. Expand
  2. JacobG.
    May 30, 2005
    9
    Like Henry Fool, I hated this film when I first saw it - I felt confused, bored, unanimated. Unlike Henry Fool, which I got later when thinking about it on the car ride home, No Such Thing didn't hit me until I watched it a second time. MGM could not have done a worse job of marketing or describing this movie. It is an excellent representation of what types of sceranios we face in a Like Henry Fool, I hated this film when I first saw it - I felt confused, bored, unanimated. Unlike Henry Fool, which I got later when thinking about it on the car ride home, No Such Thing didn't hit me until I watched it a second time. MGM could not have done a worse job of marketing or describing this movie. It is an excellent representation of what types of sceranios we face in a society where belief in monsters has faded and actions are stripped of their natural consequences. When we have no monsters or illnesses to fight against or to brace us and make us vigilant, we become the monsters we thought we had destroyed - after seeing this film, I had a greater respect for the monsters that are part of the human myth and the positive influence they have on making us responsible, cooperative and caring human beings. Expand
  3. FateEdify
    Sep 27, 2003
    9
    Anyone giving this movie a bad review is simply too stupid to understand it and, the fact is, all the diabolical controversy substantiates how stupid our society is and, why the monster desires to kill and, will continue to kill [wars etc.] truth is not easy to see at first glance [not in life and not in this movie either] communication is the answer to all evil and, this movie is so hardAnyone giving this movie a bad review is simply too stupid to understand it and, the fact is, all the diabolical controversy substantiates how stupid our society is and, why the monster desires to kill and, will continue to kill [wars etc.] truth is not easy to see at first glance [not in life and not in this movie either] communication is the answer to all evil and, this movie is so hard to communicate that it makes you discuss and/or think about it for hours afterwards [unless of course you chalk it up to bad film making which, in my opinion is "taking the easy way out" or "playing idiot role" which, even egotistical critics can do from time to time] notice that not one critic has the guts to discuss the ending and, I for one would like to hear the answer to that [whether or not it is just meant to be a modern day fable - I don't think so...] sure the monster is one giant symbol for how ugly humans have become but, there is far more to the movie than just that for example, the title itself is not the title you might discover ["there is no such thing..."] - as what? "monsters"? but, superimposing the theme of the movie - how about "there is no such thing as fear" then watch the movie again it plays with your emotions almost as much as life itself; inconsistencies abound albeit [perhaps as I am only guessing] on purpose but, isn't that life? Quirkiness, isolationism [Iceland was a good choice], cold & creepy, humor, inacceptance, fear, manipulation, lack of emotion, sensory overload, guilt, indulgence the movie rocks your emotions one way or another so the bottom line is you will get something out of it 100% unless you are a complete moron the movie is intended to NOT GIVE what the audience would want and, that I believe to be the sub intention of the director/writer because life is simply like that people are inconsistant so, why not enjoy how there are sudden changes of pace & character, scenes that are crazy and not without irritating noise give it a few years and it will be a cult classic if not already is... jeez. Expand
  4. AndrewW.
    May 5, 2002
    10
    SO GOOD! It reminded me of beauty and the beast, except this movie should be called Beauty and the Best!!! HEHEHEHEHEHEHE!!! Its so action packed.
  5. EverflowStudios
    Nov 29, 2003
    9
    [***SPOILERS***] Don't read if you haven't seen the film. My main comment is basically a different take on the movie. I feel that perhaps the entire episode with the beast; the escapade in the city was all a dream, induced by the pain of the operation. During the operation, she is in a machine strangely similar to the apparatus used in the end to 'kill' the beast.[***SPOILERS***] Don't read if you haven't seen the film. My main comment is basically a different take on the movie. I feel that perhaps the entire episode with the beast; the escapade in the city was all a dream, induced by the pain of the operation. During the operation, she is in a machine strangely similar to the apparatus used in the end to 'kill' the beast. Perhaps the entire episode afterwards was an inner search, dealing with the pain, or perhaps the road to the next plane of existence. She is crying during the painful operation, and upright in the operating table. At the end, the beast is upright, and the film ends with her face, a tear flows from her smiling eyes. Death? Understandably, the idea of being the sole survivor of a plane crash into the ocean is a bit far fetched, but my take on the film stands. : ) Bruce http://everflow.com Expand
Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. 50
    Hartley's most ambitious film, but it's also among his most uneven, shifting away at moments when its characters should be allowed to connect, underemphasizing some themes, overemphasizing others, and letting a general clash of ideas stand in for momentum.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    10
    Deadly dull in stretches, and just plain embarrassing in others.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    The film is little more than a stylish exercise in revisionism whose point -- we create, then destroy our own monsters in order to assure ourselves we're human -- is no doubt true, but serves as a rather thin moral to such a knowing fable.