Tarnation

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44

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  1. ButteredPopcorn
    Jul 4, 2005
    3
    Very ogirinal, that's about all i can say for it. Couldn't make it more than 20 minutes through this dreadfully bleak, consistently depressing chain of events. I ahve to agree with the reviewer name d Bunny something who said he felt thoroughly abused, taken advantage of, and even raped by this movie. I am very sorry that someone's life could be so awful. Mine isn't Very ogirinal, that's about all i can say for it. Couldn't make it more than 20 minutes through this dreadfully bleak, consistently depressing chain of events. I ahve to agree with the reviewer name d Bunny something who said he felt thoroughly abused, taken advantage of, and even raped by this movie. I am very sorry that someone's life could be so awful. Mine isn't and i guess maybe i just don't have the emapthy sufficient to let the filmaker hijack 90 minutes of an othewise wonderful day to allow me to feel their pain. Be warned: proceed at your own risk. Expand
  2. AustinM.
    Apr 17, 2005
    3
    Despite its surges of engrossing emotion, the work is formulaic and relies more on substantial editing flairs than content and originality.
  3. DavidK.
    Apr 15, 2005
    1
    Remarkably self-absorbed movie, and over-damatized in almost every respect. A major disappointment.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Layering soundtrack and visuals in an intricate collage of rich emotional texture, he (Jonathan Caouette) displays an exhilarating talent.
  2. Caouette has opened up a case history vividly, but he has left us without any conclusions, not even with much enlightening empathy. Something more than truth--dare one say "mere truth"?--is needed.
  3. 88
    The result is a film that defies description. I'd call it some kind of miracle.