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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

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Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 15, 2013
    63
    A black-and-white fever dream, and, like all dreams, its meanings are elusive. It’s opaque, maddening, often pretentious, yet the pretensions may be on purpose, to push us away from the adulterous colonials at the story’s center and reveal the Africa they’re too obsessed with each other to see.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jan 24, 2013
    50
    At first Tabu is intriguing. But the enigma gets wearing as the director's attention is divided between the homage to the silent film era and the film's underlying exploration of the regret of old age.