Songs from the Second Floor

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 3 out of 16
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  1. ChrisG.
    Mar 12, 2003
    10
    Fantastic, but don't go and see it wasted ha.
  2. FerdyD.
    Nov 14, 2002
    10
    This is cinema. as good as any of Kubrick's best. an immediate masterpiece, this will age spendidly. see this and talk about it to your friends, your colleagues, and that guy on the street and that lady on the bus, and...
  3. JoeT
    Jan 16, 2010
    10
    Spookily brilliant. An odd, sad satire composed of several surreal vignettes, shot with a static camera. Roy Andersson, the director, imbues the film with a ludicrous, unique sense of dark humor. His early career was spent directing TV commercials, and here he lampoons consumerism with a bleak vengeance. I read somewhere (wish I could remember) a description of his lastest film, You, The Spookily brilliant. An odd, sad satire composed of several surreal vignettes, shot with a static camera. Roy Andersson, the director, imbues the film with a ludicrous, unique sense of dark humor. His early career was spent directing TV commercials, and here he lampoons consumerism with a bleak vengeance. I read somewhere (wish I could remember) a description of his lastest film, You, The Living, as a combination of the Far Side and a Luis Bunuel film. That's a perfect description for a perfect film. Expand
  4. Jack
    Jan 14, 2004
    9
    If you have patience, it's a very odd and fantastic experience.
  5. KevinC.
    Jun 26, 2005
    9
    Pays off if you put some effort into it. Explore, think, dream - every scene becomes more alive the more energy you invest into it. If you're having trouble getting started, skim through the director's commentary to start getting a grasp on some of the metaphors and symbolic imagery. The film is amusing, interesting and baffling on the surface - very rewarding if you did deeper.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. In place of a conventional plot, this utterly unique Swedish movie offers a series of related episodes -- Some are funny, some are tragic, all are dreamlike and unpredictable, suggesting that the 21st century will be a lot weirder and wackier than we expect.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    40
    One of the most highly crafted pics in recent memory, and certainly the most original in vision of the 23 features competing at Cannes this year, Songs From the Second Floor rapidly wears out its welcome after the first few reels to finish up as a perplexing objet d'art.
  3. Often seems more old-fashioned than modern.