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Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 19, 2014
    100
    It is the work of a director as fascinated by decency as by ugliness, and able to present the chaos of life in a series of pictures that are at once luminously clear and endlessly mysterious.
  2. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 17, 2014
    100
    Novelistic is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days, but Diaz’s film more than earns the adjective, and you’d have to go back to Edward Yang’s "Yi Yi" to find another movie that approaches a marathon-length running time yet still makes you wish it were twice as long.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jun 23, 2014
    91
    It feels as though wherever the camera might be—and however it might be moving—is exactly where it belongs.
  4. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jun 17, 2014
    90
    Norte tells a big story on a grand scale, but its emphasis, moment by moment, is on the quotidian. It's simplicity that resonates most deeply of all.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 28, 2014
    88
    Some might find the dual conclusions too blunt in their irony, but “Norte” does not try to be consoling. Crazy as Fabian’s ideas seem, they might be the ones that prevail.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jul 14, 2014
    80
    Filipino maven Diaz delivers a bravura, literary human drama that does justice to its great source material.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Aug 7, 2014
    75
    If the movie’s universal themes don’t impress, its specific details do.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Jun 20, 2014
    75
    As it turns out, "Norte" is not quite the epochal work of cinema greatness that some have suggested but it is hardly a miss either. There are moments of staggering beauty and power on display here and yet there are also moments when it seems to be ambling around with no clear idea of where it wants to go.
  9. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 18, 2014
    60
    Norte is the rare film where the characters seem simpler the longer we spend time with them. They’re humans that evolve into types.
  10. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Jun 19, 2014
    40
    There's little in the way of genuine depth, complexity or nuance here, Diaz instead seeks to convey the illusion of profundity by having various characters throw around weighty social and philosophical verbiage in thuddingly sophomoric fashion.

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