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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36

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  1. Feb 22, 2013
    7
    This film is a beautiful, but trying slide show of European style art film mostly made up of wide angle symmetry (often with a lighted doorway window in the center) on a stationary camera on a tripod. The closest it gets to action is when the camera occasionally pans or slowly zooms. The subtitles are barely necessary since there is very little dialogue. And it works wonderfully. There isThis film is a beautiful, but trying slide show of European style art film mostly made up of wide angle symmetry (often with a lighted doorway window in the center) on a stationary camera on a tripod. The closest it gets to action is when the camera occasionally pans or slowly zooms. The subtitles are barely necessary since there is very little dialogue. And it works wonderfully. There is an intriguing reference to Gabriel García Márquez's and Lisandro Duque Naranjo's "Milagro En Roma" in the film. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2012
    5
    If you like to watch paint dry in slow motion, then this is for you. A 20 minute plot dragged out to over 2 hours. Basically the Director points the camera at someone/something then moves the camera in at a snails pace.
  3. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    The finest film to date of one of the most important emerging filmmakers. Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light is an experience rather than a movie. Very rewardable.
  4. Aug 26, 2010
    9
    Every scene could be counterposed as an impressionist art piece and the plot is meant to trigger your inner philosopher rather than your outer romantic. Basically it is a film that is meant to make you feel something - what the hell?
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Much of what happens in Silent Light can feel painstakingly mundane: milking cows, harvesting wheat, a long drive at night in and out of shadows. Yet throughout, there's a sense of something ominous impending, and while it remains gentle, the ending is genuinely startling.
  2. Reygadas has hitched his austere and protracted style to an allegorical tale of subtle strength and depth.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Reygadas' typically arresting widescreen visuals and the presence of non-pro actors speaking in German-derived Plautdietsch makes for an initially hypnotic combination, but the spell breaks its hold well before the end of the picture's inflated running time, signaling an endurance test for all but the most ascetic arthouse auds.