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  • Summary: Phillip and Erik stand at the mailbox, two cocky, grinning rebels full of 20-year-old verve and dreams, their whole lives hanging in the balance at this singular moment. Each is about to ship off his first novel to publishers, each is hoping to become a wildly influential cult author, each has a vision of a new life of nonstop intensity, brilliance, romance, and nightclubbing. Fast-forward six months. These reveries have crashed, hard, into reality. Phillip, whose novel garnered instant acclaim and turned him into a mini-celebrity, has had a terrifying breakdown and is just about to be released from a psychiatric hospital. Erik, who never sold his novel, is still pecking away, determined to follow in the footsteps of his undying hero, a reclusive but idolized writing genius, no matter what it takes. Reprise explores not just what happens to Phillip and Erik as they pick up the pieces, but what might have happened to them, what they imagine could happen, what they fear will possibly happen, and why they can't see what's actually happening. (Miramax Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. A kinetic delight, Reprise comes from director Joachim Trier, born in Denmark but raised in Oslo, Norway, and it’s a highlight of the filmgoing year so far.
  2. 91
    The movie has been compared, with some reason, to the French New Wave. But it's like "Jules and Jim" or "Band of Outsiders" blended with "A Hard Day's Night."
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    With its almost stream-of-consciousness style, Reprise offers a fresh and compelling look at the vagaries of friendship and creativity.
  4. Post-viewing, I was still coasting on the giddy high of kinetic cinema, only to have the astonishing callousness of its conclusion slowly settle in. It's a better film for it – one only wishes that Reprise on a whole had been of the same mind: a little less cool, a little more cruel. That's where the really good stuff is.
  5. Reprise has a smart and knowing script and will compel audiences to reflect on themselves at that age.
  6. Clear away the annoying avant-gardism and you have a powerful movie about a writer, Phillip, who undergoes a mental breakdown and is pulled halfway back to health by his girlfriend.
  7. 50
    The movie itself is good and shows promise, except for the ending, when Trier shouldn't have been so poetic. Not only does Reprise generate itself, it contains its own review.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. WalkerP.
    May 18, 2008
    10
    This is the best film I've seen in ages. Moving and very funny. Great music as well!
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 13, 2008
    9
    My 'find of the year' of 2007. While it does have some pretentious moments, it's one of the best films about friendship of the decade. In the style of Jules et Jim only... better. Go see, Winge is divine. Expand
  3. MichaelM
    May 23, 2008
    9
    At risk of sound insensitive: Roger Ebert needs to fade into the sunset already. He's giving horrifically-mediocre, happy-go-lucky movies 4 stars across the board lately, and then something wonderful like this comes along and he shits on it because, essentially, it's too depressing for him in his current state-of-health. Roger Ebert has always been a master of reducing, of glossing-over. For some of the worst reviews ever, I suggest his takes on: Blue Velvet, Dead Man, and now, Reprise. Expand
  4. Anonymous
    May 28, 2008
    5
    This movie was very disappointing. The plot moves at an amazingly brisk pace. Unfortunately, that left little or no time for character development.
  5. SandyS.
    May 31, 2008
    4
    I am over 65 years old. Perhaps that is why I found this movie so difficult to watch and to understand. It is hard to tell what is real and what is not , the editing jumps the scences abruptly. Expand
  6. TimH.
    Jun 26, 2008
    2
    This movie is anything but energetic. It's a total bore. The stupid flashbacks serve only to create confusion and the sense that there is something profound happening, when it's all just mush. There should be a law against movie's that don't grab the audience in the first 30 minutes. After 30 minutes of waiting for something interesting to happen, my pal and I gave up. How this silly movie got a 79 from the critics is a mystery. I guess it's just the slack that critics cut for foreign language movies that have a slightly Bergmanesque quality. Don't waste your time or money on this one. Expand
  7. JohnC.
    May 25, 2008
    1
    Gave it a "1" only because I didn't walk out. Depressing and depressed. Pointless and self-indulgent. Shot in one color - depressed blue-gray. With white illegible subtitles - come on! Avoid this pretentious stinker. Expand

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