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  • Summary: Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 27, 2014
    For those willing to join Reggio in his extended meditation, Visitors offers a sublime, even spiritual experience, as well as a bracing reminder of cinema’s power to create a transformative occasion.
  2. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Apr 1, 2014
    There’s much to ponder in a brave, defiantly idiosyncratic film that’s as mesmerising as it is unexpected.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 12, 2014
    What Reggio’s ultimate point or conclusion might be is, as ever, left up to the viewer for interpretation. And while this is patently not a film that big-box cineplexers are going to rush to in droves, Visitors remains a wondrous work of artistic achievement.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Mar 9, 2014
    Non-narrative films can be opaque in deep ways. Visitors slips into pseudo-profundity. That said, I’d see it again.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 21, 2014
    Unfortunately, the draggy movie is one thing definitively, and that’s exactly like all of Reggio’s other films. His formal devices haven’t changed in 30 years, and the po-faced presentation, once hypnotically strange and cosmic, now feels like an overused gimmick.
  6. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Feb 27, 2014
    It's more thought experiment than film, and although it's laudable for its daring to be unlike any film you’re likely to have ever seen, it ultimately doesn't have more meaning to import than a well-photographed daily affirmations calendar.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jan 21, 2014
    Koyaanisqatsi was a marvel of smeared and kaleidoscopic light; Visitors is a dull etch of digital blacks and grays.

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  1. Dec 7, 2014
    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH It's over at last! holy moly this is a languid slow-burning art house movie! I called it, mid-film that Philip Glass wasOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH It's over at last! holy moly this is a languid slow-burning art house movie! I called it, mid-film that Philip Glass was the composer. The score is so minimal it hurts, it feels claustrophobic, which I don't think was intended. The imagery is both beautiful to behold and stiflingly monochromatic. I was transfixed at some stretches, and bored to death at others. The attempt to tie an encompassing theme into this about how technology fixates us is so heavy-handed, yet also SO ambiguous. Nothing really comes together into a wholesome product. These images and their sometimes lack of cohesive details ultimately lead to more of an alienating effect than an arresting one. It's gosh-darn silly at points. I don't really know what to think. This movie was and wasn't a waste of my time. Does that make sense? Expand