Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 6, 2012
    91
    Whereas "45365" took the form of a scattered collage, with disconnected events and a vast ensemble of characters stitched together to represent a year of activity, Tchoupitalas brings greater clarity to a similarly diffuse canvas by situating it around a trio of innocent observers.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Dec 20, 2012
    90
    Tchoupitoulas is a jewel-bright whoosh of a ride through nighttime New Orleans.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Dec 10, 2012
    90
    Bill and Turner Ross - the directors, producers, camera operators, and troublemakers behind Tchoupitoulas - could do posterity a service if they simply resigned themselves to replicating this one-night-in–New Orleans documentary for each of the world's great cities.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 6, 2012
    90
    Tchoupitoulas does explore the border between innocence and experience. It is alive with the risk and curiosity of youth, and unapologetic in insisting that the pursuit of fun can be a profound and transformative experience.
  5. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Dec 3, 2012
    80
    Filmed over the course of nine months' worth of night shoots, the resulting coverage is hypnotically immersive.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 5, 2012
    75
    A hypnotic 80-minute drift through nocturnal New Orleans that seeks more to pick up on bits of culture and atmosphere than to tell any stories. They blow up the conventions of documentary realism to capture the city's soul, a much more abstract, elusive undertaking.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Dec 3, 2012
    75
    The overall experience is entirely immersive, thanks not only to the filmmakers' handheld camera, but also to the illusory nature of the staging.
  8. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 3, 2012
    70
    A quietly marvelous travelogue condensing months' worth of observation into a single sleepless night, Bill and Turner Ross's Tchoupitoulas follows their widely praised "45365."
  9. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 4, 2012
    60
    Even at this short running time, there's a looseness to the kaleidoscopic adventure that becomes slightly wearying.

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