Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic 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: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 30, 2013
    100
    Life and death, nature and culture, sex and money, man and beast, God and the Devil — Post Tenebras Lux embraces the world even if it doesn’t open itself up to ready interpretation.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Apr 29, 2013
    88
    Post Tenebras Lux works so well because – even at its most random – it always feels like more of a single portrait of a man in crisis than it does an impish bouquet of provocative incidents.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Apr 12, 2013
    80
    Some metaphors score and some miss, but this is leap-of-faith cinema: the rewards entail some risks.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    May 30, 2013
    75
    Spectacle matters more than story for Reygadas, who wants to create a world onscreen instead of developing characters or critiquing society.
  8. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 2, 2013
    75
    For those willing to lock into Reygadas’ mad wavelength, the beauty is worth the puzzlement.
  9. Reviewed by: Steve Erickson
    Apr 30, 2013
    70
    Confusion often reigns here, but the film offers a degree of lush beauty that makes sitting through it well worth the occasional frustrations.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 1, 2013
    67
    The film is never less than fascinating, but it appears to be so intensely personal as to be all but indecipherable to viewers not personally acquainted with the filmmaker, or at least in possession of the press kit.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Apr 27, 2013
    63
    Carlos Reygadas's latest, an almost impossibly intellectual film, keeps us at a remove that's as striking as that which separates its main character from the lower classes.
  13. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Apr 26, 2013
    60
    The film’s said to be autobiographical, but that’s entirely left to us to guess.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 12, 2013
    60
    An irritating, baffling, fascinating film.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Apr 12, 2013
    50
    The title, signifying “light after darkness,” derives from the Latin translation of the Book of Job, an appropriate source given that a considerable amount of the prophet’s proverbial patience is required. Not that the pic doesn’t have its frequent rewards.
  17. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 12, 2013
    50
    There's visual poetry here, in small doses, but it doesn't take long for one's patience to run out.
  18. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    May 2, 2013
    40
    The ending of Carlos Reygadas’ drama is set in a wooded Mexican landscape. That’s where Regadas (“Silent Light”) overdoes everything in a self-indulgent presentation of trite fantasies masked as memories.
  19. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Apr 12, 2013
    40
    Reygadas' big ideas translate with mixed results.
  20. 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.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 26, 2013
    6
    reygadas' must mild film, controversially outmoded leos carax's holy motors in cannes 65. yes, autobiographical, yes some treacherousness. yetreygadas' 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. Full Review »