The Limits of Control

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29

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  1. JohnJS
    May 10, 2009
    A brilliant film. An extremely rare movie that makes the ordinary seem extraordinary. Don't go if you prefer to leave your brain at the box-office.
  2. DH
    May 13, 2009
    This is a pretty fantastic movie -- while I wouldn't expect popular audiences to embrace this film, I'm kind of stunned it's getting such negative attention from critics.
  3. TedL
    May 3, 2009
    Jim Jarmusch comes through again with his trademark Zen pacing, philosophical musings and sharp visual sense. He's a thinking man's filmmaker, in the grand tradition of Godard and Antonioni. It's not for everyone, but the rewards can be bountiful for those interested in more than a mindless date movie. '
  4. JamesJ.
    Jul 17, 2009
    I do not agree with the negativity of the critics. Hardly ever does a movie delve so deeply into the depth of the cinematic universe. This film distills the art and history of cinema into a picturesque haiku. Bravo, JJ!

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. Unfortunately, the whole seldom adds up to the sum of its illustrious parts, and Jarmusch's trademark deadpan quirks seem to have gotten lost in the translation.
  2. 50
    As it is, the movie's lethal climax, with its vague protest against corporate control--and hence in favor of art, music, drugs, or whatever--feels like a poor theft from a more conventional film.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Worst of all, it just feels tired and recycled.