Reviews: Roma (2018)

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  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: Alfonso Cuarón’s edgily political black-and-white epic of a family in 1970s Mexico City is as masterfully choreographed as Children of Men but more personally intimate.
  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A cinematic valentine to a Mexican maid whose kindness has a positive impact on all those around her.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film is reminiscent of Italian neorealism, yet Cuarón’s shimmering black and white deep focus camerawork sets it apart…like having someone else’s memories transferred into your brain, so acute is the sensation of nostalgia…
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: In a year like 2018, it is hard to think of a film that more lovingly or enthusiastically embraces the cinematic vernacular of the last hundred years to tell a story of such intimate delicacy and complementary big screen scope.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s so masterfully crafted, so beautifully composed, so deeply felt, and so effortlessly engaging for its entire leisurely paced two-plus hour runtime, that it’s honestly kind of intimidating.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Roma is the very story of humanity and as such, it moved me.
  • Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish]
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Writing a semi-autobiographical story about a nanny, the bourgeois family she tends to, and how Mexican politics, culture, and social mores impact all of them is Cuarón exploiting his personal story for cinematic gains. Roma hits hard, but in a unique case, the way it looks and feels hits harder than the plot advancing scenes in a year in the life of Cleo the nanny.
  • [New] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Alfonso Cuarón has delved into numerous genres in his lengthy career, but “Roma” is the first time he seems to be actively trying to evoke the work of late great cinematic artists.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth
    • Excerpt: Roma is told in indelible moments and images, which demand to be seen, heard, and felt in a movie theatre.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: It’s a love letter to mothers when all is said and done: biological and otherwise. And it succeeds in large part due to a stunning debut performance by Aparicio.
  • Pat Mullen @ BeatRoute
    • Excerpt: Watching Roma in a crowded theatre, I could only wonder if this was what it must have felt like to be among the audience to see ‘Bicycle Thieves’ or ‘L’Avventura’ for the first time.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Roma is a tour de force.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Life is a messy, wondrous, rapt experience, scripted as it proceeds minute by minute; so, too, is Alfonso Cuarón’s film Roma.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Will Netflix get that desired Oscar for Best Picture? Roma is their best bet
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: The bottom line is that “Roma” is okay, but it doesn’t promote the wrenching empathy or gripping story like other films that were entirely passed over this season.
  • Júlio Cézar Rodrigues @ Megalomania Cultural [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Alfonso Cuarón tells an apparently ordinary story, filmed in a ordinary, but that is tender, meditative and semi-biographical, stunningly filmed and emotionally captured.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Roma stands as an tribute of integrity that goes far beyond your typical passion project label. This is Alfonso Cuaron’s unshakeable core composed and exposed for all to admire and appreciate.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Filmed in glorious black and white, ROMA is another Alfonso Cuarón masterpiece.
  • James Wegg @ JWR
    • Excerpt: A wonderful homage to our most precious commodity and superb cinematography
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens