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  • Summary: The Limits of Control is the story of a mysterious loner, a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness. [Focus Features] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    90
    A little like guided meditation with suggestions floated, waiting, left untethered. It's up to you to distill meaning -- which will leave some convinced the director is merely self-indulgent, and others deeply satisfied.
  2. Almost absurdly quiet and observant, The Limits of Control is about the space between the action, the steps along the way.
  3. A nondramatic work best appreciated as a pure image-and-sound event.
  4. The Limits of Control, even with its flow of star cameos (Tilda Swinton, Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, a frenetic Bill Murray), is a listless long pause that rarely refreshes.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Worst of all, it just feels tired and recycled.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    It might be that Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) is experimenting with creating a pastiche of dreamlike sequences that audiences can interpret as they wish. Or it may be merely pretension and hubris that fuels such a stylized and insubstantial story.
  7. Jim Jarmusch's Dada meander, shot by Christopher Doyle, is empty and excruciating -- that's really all you need to know.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5