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  • Summary: An urban family moves to the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 1, 2013
    100
    I also understood that while this movie is deliberately constructed so that almost nobody will “get it” or like it – and I’m not sure how I feel about that perversity – it’s a masterpiece despite that, or because of that or just anyway.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 6, 2013
    90
    Post Tenebras Lux is that real rarity in cinema, a visually striking archaeology of the psyche that benefits both the moviegoer primed to engage Reygadas' ideas, and the ones open to being swallowed in an art film wave.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 30, 2013
    80
    What matters more is recognizing Post Tenebras Lux’s kinship with a strain of impressionistic autobiographical cinema practiced by filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky (The Mirror) and Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) in which every sound and image seems to spring straight from the psyche.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 12, 2013
    67
    The issue with Post Tenebras Lux is that the narrative, not the filmmaker, feels dispiritedly half-baked.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Apr 26, 2013
    60
    The film’s said to be autobiographical, but that’s entirely left to us to guess.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Apr 12, 2013
    58
    Post Tenebras Lux is certainly unique, but Reygadas is often intensely more interested in provoking his audience than actually fleshing out his heady ideas.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Apr 12, 2013
    30
    Pretty pictures alone do not in themselves great cinema make - not for the first time, Reygadas' waywardly wilful approach to screenwriting and structure severely outweighs whatever fleeting pleasures his movies may impart.

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  1. Jun 26, 2013
    6
    reygadas' must mild film, controversially outmoded leos carax's holy motors in cannes 65. yes, autobiographical, yes some treacherousness. yet as THR, this isn't enough to call it great filmmaking. view and review. Expand