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  • Summary: A mysterious and enthralling story about fresh starts and the possibility of escape, both a tale of inner and outer traveling. The film follows the global travels of an enigmatic 68-year-old man (Subor) who goes looking for a long-lost son and a new organ to replace his ailing heart. (Wellspring)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 100
    Enigmatic as it is, The Intruder dares us to see movies as visual marvels tethered to humanity.
  2. 100
    For Denis’ film - which may be her most intricately constructed and intensely beautiful to date - is one that transcends words and stories, a movie to be felt rather than rationalized.
  3. The texture and intensity of the odyssey makes it spellbinding.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    80
    A beautiful, complex work that challenges viewers to mentally sift interior and exterior journeys.
  5. 80
    Exhilarating and exhausting, the kind of picture you don't bounce back from immediately. Yet its elusiveness is the very source of its poetic energy.
  6. The best way to enjoy The Intruder is to surrender to its poetry without demanding cut-and-dried explanations.
  7. Surrealism is one thing, but The Intruder appears so ill defined and random that it ends up looking simply inept.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Wm
    Aug 20, 2006
    9
    If you crave any sort of narrative thread, certainty, or literal message this film wil probably annoy you. If, instead, you surrender to If you crave any sort of narrative thread, certainty, or literal message this film wil probably annoy you. If, instead, you surrender to Denis' fascinating storytelling, allow the gorgeous cinematography to saturate you and cherish the gaps in understanding that give the film its meaning then you'll emerge from viewing this as one does after falling fully clothed into a river with an erratic and often powerful current: grateful, disturbed and breathless. Life, like "The Intruder," isn't Cartesian. Get over it and get with it. Expand
  2. VanC.
    Dec 30, 2005
    9
    No one makes visual poetry better than Claire Denis. This movie has same slow pacing and gorgeous photography as Beau Travail, but with an No one makes visual poetry better than Claire Denis. This movie has same slow pacing and gorgeous photography as Beau Travail, but with an even more elusive plot and even less dialogue. Give yourself over to it and you'll be rewarded with ecstacy. Expand
  3. msic
    Mar 23, 2006
    8
    Possibly Denis' most eliptical film, and that's saying something. It's clearly not for everybody. But it's captivating Possibly Denis' most eliptical film, and that's saying something. It's clearly not for everybody. But it's captivating even when it doesn't make conventional "sense." It's more like a death-dream, really. And Agnes Godard's cinematography is succulent as usual. A fine farewell to the late, great Wellspring. Expand
  4. CarlosI.
    Feb 17, 2007
    1
    This is the second worst international film I have ever seen. The worst one was "Tequila 5" Incredibly erratic and baffling plot. Continuity This is the second worst international film I have ever seen. The worst one was "Tequila 5" Incredibly erratic and baffling plot. Continuity errors in many scenes, lack of logic with unexplained disjointed violent scenes. This is one of those movies that "enligthened" snobs will advertise as poetic or surrealist, but I just see that the Emperor has no clothes. Expand

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