Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jan 4, 2013
    88
    The story is ornate but easy to follow. It's the dreamy look and sound of Tabu - half old, half modern - that give the film its haunting strangeness.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Dec 27, 2012
    95
    In Tabu, Portuguese writer-director Miguel Gomes spins a two-part tale examining love, loneliness and the power of memory.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 7, 2013
    83
    The black-and-white cinematography and silent-film feel are haunting and nostalgic, and Aurora's story encapsulates a broader, bittersweet truth about the perils of tinted memory.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 31, 2012
    100
    If you have the patience to watch this film develop and unfold, like some bizarre night-blooming orchid, what you'll see is not just the last movie released in 2012, but possibly the most original of them all.
  5. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Dec 14, 2012
    100
    The pangs of romance, eroticism, anguish, and longing (both for the stolen moments of private passion and for the sense-making schematics of Empire) transcend any period of cinema Tabu may evoke.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 27, 2012
    83
    Like other great pastiche artists, Gomes has created a time machine to a cinematic era that never quite existed, so it feels simultaneously borrowed and new.
  7. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Dec 27, 2012
    100
    Charming, witty, beautifully shot and inexplicably captivating.
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Dec 14, 2012
    90
    Even more than in "Our Beloved Month of August," Miguel Gomes begins Tabu in a seemingly ridiculous vein and unexpectedly shifts to something surprisingly enriching and poetic.
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jan 2, 2013
    90
    Tabu manages to be both classical and modern, ironic and heartbreaking.

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