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  • Summary: Composed of a series of immaculately staged tableaux, Songs From the Second Floor is a stylized black comedy-turned-nightmare. (Film Forum)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 100
    A collision at the intersection of farce and tragedy--the apocalypse as a joke on us.
  2. 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.
  3. Want to see something strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre? Sure you do.
  4. Often seems more old-fashioned than modern.
  5. 75
    A devastating indictment of unbridled greed and materalism, made all the more relevant by the Enron and WorldCom scandals.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The film is depressive, slow, darkly funny, unyielding in its formal rigor, and unsettlingly beautiful. It's obviously not for everyone, but only because not everyone can meet its stare.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    30
    Rapidly wears out its welcome after the first few reels to finish up as a perplexing objet d'art.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8