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  • Summary: In this animated drama, a man walks through what may be a dream, flowing in and out of scenarios and encounters with strange characters. (Fox Searchlight)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Intriguing, arresting, delightfully refusing to be pigeonholed.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Barsanti
    100
    If there is justice in this world, this is the movie that will get people talking again about the excitement of film.
  3. The film is truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
  4. Linklater's ravishing new movie represents a bold leap into the possibilities of technology.
  5. The effect is dazzlingly beautiful and surreal.
  6. Few American filmmakers put more faith in the ability of words to stimulate mind and heart.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    40
    All talk and no action. Never, however, has pedantic navel-gazing been so beautifully drawn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 51
  2. Negative: 12 out of 51
  1. Sep 25, 2013
    10
    This is pretty much like what other people say. There's not much of a plot it's pretty much a philosophy session and there are so many thingsThis is pretty much like what other people say. There's not much of a plot it's pretty much a philosophy session and there are so many things they say for you to ponder upon. The animation is some of the most interesting visuals I've seen in any film. You'll walk out of it thinking differently. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 14, 2007
    10
    I'm not sure how a movie can go deeper into the human-experience and still be intelligible. An incredible film.
  3. PatrickS.
    Aug 12, 2006
    10
    i was blown away. It will change the way you view and approach everyday of your life.
  4. Dec 22, 2012
    10
    Absolutely astonishing movie. Definitely in my top 3 favorite movies of all time. I recommend this film to everyone, especially if you have anAbsolutely astonishing movie. Definitely in my top 3 favorite movies of all time. I recommend this film to everyone, especially if you have an interest in lucid dreaming. Expand
  5. BobE.
    Apr 8, 2007
    8
    A film that requires repeated viewings, and even short 'rewinds' withing the film. Watch it once and then decide if you'd like A film that requires repeated viewings, and even short 'rewinds' withing the film. Watch it once and then decide if you'd like to study it. Expand
  6. PatC.
    Sep 7, 2005
    3
    Unique and cerebral, but probably should be regarded more as a philosophical tutorial or documentary. I found the jittery animated Unique and cerebral, but probably should be regarded more as a philosophical tutorial or documentary. I found the jittery animated visualization hard on the eyes and the lack of plot and character development disruptive of the continuity required for attentive viewing of a full length feature. The film appears to be a compilation of fleeting thoughts that didn't fit into other projects. While interesting to the introspective mind and containing an undeniably positive message, I didn't think they constituted a movie. Expand
  7. DavidT.
    Mar 29, 2007
    0
    I feel as though this film created exactly what I believe it was trying to escape, an effortless post-modern dichotomy. "Being wierd...for I feel as though this film created exactly what I believe it was trying to escape, an effortless post-modern dichotomy. "Being wierd...for the sake of being wierd!" Terrible film. Expand

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