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  • Summary: Twentynine Palms is a small, remote American town deep in the desert of central California. It provides the unique setting for this darkly comedic chronicle of the romantic and sexual life of a young couple in love. (Wellspring Media)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. 100
    At turns sexy, ultra-violent and sweet, it will infiltrate your brain long after you've seen it.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Even adventurous moviegoers who are familiar with Bruno Dumont's previous features...may be taken aback by the intensity of this shocker.
  3. Slams us with an absurdly repugnant ending, for absolutely no reason other than to shock viewers and generate cheap controversy.
  4. 50
    The latest minimalist provocation from the infuriating but talented French director Bruno Dumont. [12 April 2004, p. 89]
  5. Ultimately a hollow and pointless exercise.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Fails to captivate or intrigue at the most basic level.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. AntonC.
    May 29, 2006
    The only simile that suits all the attributes to this film is "as hell".
  2. ChadS.
    Feb 11, 2006
    The central question surrounding "29 Palms" for me is if the final violent act would've occured independently of the nod to "Deliverance". After all, why else would you be driving around the California desert? [***SPOILERS***] Maybe, just maybe, David was double-crossed by those men in the white truck. If you believe he was, the scene in which David boots Katerina out of the motel room, post-b.j., gains a noir-ish edge. Maybe her paranoia about that passing car is an unconscious premonition. Unlike Catherine Breillart's "Fat Girl", filmmaker Bruno Dumont might be planting clues under our noses. Expand

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