Post Tenebras Lux


Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20

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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 1, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    For those willing to lock into Reygadas’ mad wavelength, the beauty is worth the puzzlement.
  9. Reviewed by: Steve Erickson
    Apr 30, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 26, 2013
    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 »