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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
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  1. ChadS.
    Aug 24, 2005
    4
    The structure of "Tropical Malady" bares a passing resemblance to John Sayles' "Limbo". The first half takes place in a community, and in the second half, the action shifts to a desolate location, void of people. This is the nicest thing I can say about this very, very, very demanding movie. The enchanted action in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's forest has its visually arresting The structure of "Tropical Malady" bares a passing resemblance to John Sayles' "Limbo". The first half takes place in a community, and in the second half, the action shifts to a desolate location, void of people. This is the nicest thing I can say about this very, very, very demanding movie. The enchanted action in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's forest has its visually arresting moments, but it's too little, too late, after long periods of a static camera being pointed at a darkly lit soldier. The ghostly imagery of forest creatures is the creative domain of Hayao Miyazaki, who applies it to admirable pop culture entertainments like "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away". The second half of "Tropical Malady" has the unintended effect of being like a Miyazaki film for adults. Expand
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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    90
    A spellbinding, beautiful, enigmatic film with a mysterious, allusive two-part structure.
  2. Certainly for most audiences the viewing experience will prove not only tedious but bewildering.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    60
    Takes the viewer on a mysterious and sporadically fascinating trip into the darkness of the human heart and Thai legend.