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Reviews: Holy Motors (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Ci sono alcuni momenti di cinema purissimo, rappresentazione assoluta, gesti di bellezza e grazia, che restano nella memoria: la scena incredibile della performance capture, finzione nella finzione, l’assalto di Monsieur Merde, i due momenti musicali e l’addio all’amata, interpretata da Kyle Minogue.
  • Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View
    • Excerpt: Holy Motors is a celebration of the magic, imagination, and primal power of the movies.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Holy Motors is a vibrant mixtape of a movie where every song is good; it’s a celebration not just of the cinema, but of its versatility, its ability to be so much at once. This is a wonderful, odd, baffling, terrific motion picture.
  • Jason Bellamy @ The Cooler
    • Excerpt: A challenging film that’s most compelling once it’s all come together.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: The film is plenty creative and impressively cinematic. It’s just not very good.
  • Christopher Bourne @ Film-Forward
    • Excerpt: Leos Carax has returned in a big way with Holy Motors, an astonishing, unclassifiable free-form fantasia, a fever dream of cinema that seems to reinvent itself with each scene. Carax has created a masterwork that both celebrates and eulogizes cinema; it’s not only about cinema, it is cinema.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: An out-of-the-box French sci-fi flick about role-playing, power, death, city life, dreams, limos, the virtual world, and anything else you want it to be about.
  • [New – 12/12] | Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una película que se presta a interpretaciones de todo tipo y que demuestra en su polimorfismo, que el cine todavía tiene capacidad de provocar reflexiones, incluso sobre sí mismo
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Carax’s film is a cousin to “Synecdoche” and a modern response to Rivette’s “Celine and Julie Go Boating.” He even appears to have anticipated Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” answering the questions set forth…as to where all the limos go at night.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: A purposefully surrealistic journey through the streets of Paris and the world of cinema, as Carax hurtles recklessly through different styles and genres at a dizzying clip. Like Last Year at Marienbad or Inland Empire, this results in a film which is rich in strange, vivid imagery and sensuous pleasures, but which is best enjoyed in a visceral, emotional or thematic sense, rather than on any narrative level.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: A multitude of pleasures abound if one gives into the insane spell the film casts.
  • Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Holy Motors is mirthful, rueful, beautiful, ugly, miraculously original while still feeling quite familiar, particularly to cinephiles, and already has the earmarks of a modern film classic.
  • Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Surreal and inscrutable, it’s visually compelling avante-garde cinema that may leave you wondering, ‘What was that about?’
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: A celebration of everything cinema was, is, and will be.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Mystifying and emotion-stirring, it demands that you bring yourself
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: HOLY MOTORS is hell-bent on splintering its audience. Some will drink up its oddities and disjointedness and celebrate it as a break from the vacuum-packed Hollywood offerings that dominate our movie theatres. Others will be repulsed by the way it eschews cohesiveness, and direction
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: Prepare to be perplexed. You won’t, however, be bored.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: “Holy Motors” is a cinema lover’s movie.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: A chore to sit through.
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ [French]
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look / Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Carax’s film has the gleam of an thoroughly uncompromised work of cinema, but it feels less than essential, more concerned with impishly upending conventions than in finding a deeper meaning beneath its fairy-tale musings on modernity.
  • George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 11:02 am

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