Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    In its quiet, dark, claustrophobic way, this is one of the best films of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Bizarre, shadowy, enticingly eerie...more poetic, more tantalizingly original.
  3. A quietly dazzling microcosm that's always just this side of eerie, just that side of tragic.
  4. A gentle, beautifully realized tale of love and intimacy...It moved me to tears.
  5. A graceful mood piece that is infinitely moving.
  6. 89
    At once emotionally charged and genuinely, disconcertingly surreal...a marvel of subdued, genuine filmmaking.
  7. 88
    Never shies from acknowledging the natural fascination with their abnormalities.
  8. Although the pervading mood of Twin Falls Idaho - a beautifully shot, noirish thing - is one of sadness and loss, the Polishes' film is playful, too.
  9. Beautiful, wandering little love story that wants to break your heart and probably will.
  10. 80
    Proves that it's possible for a movie to be reckless and adventurous merely by being sedate, unhurried and contemplative.
  11. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    80
    An eerily effective film...Twin Falls Idaho has style, gravity and originality to spare.
  12. Has the gentlest feel of any movie I can remember.
  13. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    Best of all is a Halloween party where the Falls are complimented on their "costume," then outed.
  14. 70
    Entrancing, uncommonly compassionate film.
  15. 70
    With its persuasive special effects, gentle pace, and more expressionistic than surreal production design, this serious yet far from ponderous drama is something of a marvel.
  16. Reviewed by: Morgan Fouch
    70
    Though Twin Falls Idaho fascinatingly uncovers the complexities of conjoined twins, it is more about any sibling relationship where one feels simultaneously burdened and uplifted by the other.
  17. 67
    It is only once the movie has exhausted its roster of "weird" notions and contrived images that it finds its emotional footing, leaving you with one half of a lovely, woebegone film.
  18. 67
    Some truly memorable moments, but they come early and, as the film wears its way along, become increasingly hard to call to mind.
  19. Often as stillborn in pace as it is conceptually compelling.
  20. If you're in the mood for something strange, this film may please you, twice over.
  21. The whole film could use a jolt of caffeine, and a lugubrious woodwind score doesn't help.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Lacks narrative push...atmospheric drama that casts a minor but distinctive spell.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    This Lynch-ian knockoff is moodily monotonal, but the sameness is wearying.
  24. 50
    Surprisingly formulaic. So many scenes seem lifted from a 1950s melodrama, from Blake and Francis' repentent mother (Leslie Ann Warren) to the film's tearjerker of a final scene.
  25. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    A slow and pensive tone, but for all its lyrical pretensions it lacks real poetry.
  26. 50
    Neither as weighty nor as weird as it would like to think.
  27. 50
    While the film's mood is dreamy, dark, and gentle, it's also very slow and seldom leads to much of a intellectual or emotional payoff.

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