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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A potent and troubling meditation on the state of Western society. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A thoughtful, provocative effort that makes up for its narrative failings with its astute philosophical musings. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    As a nonagenarian, de Oliveira is the world's oldest working filmmaker, and still one of the best. This is a lovely, lively, timely treat for the eyes and mind. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a great film that, sadly, may be ignored by all but the most dedicated, knowledgable filmgoers. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Moves along its tranquil way until about five minutes before the closing credits, when it turns into a terrorist thriller. show more

  • 40
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This intermittently interesting symbolic tour through European history once again places ideas over aesthetics and technique. show more

  • 75
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    This is full of talk in the European art cinema tradition: intellectual conversations (often in multiple languages at once), gentile dinner conversation with an international all-star guest list. show more

  • 90
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    In both its intellectual reach and the elegant simplicity of its form, A Talking Picture bears resemblance to Andrei Sokurov's "Russian Ark." show more

  • 80
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    De Oliveira wraps A Talking Picture with a simultaneous introduction and farewell--a bold curtain-dropper that's either a bleak joke or an imprecisely controlled scream of rage. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    An honest title for a film that is almost entirely conversation. Yet its rich contemplative tone proves deceptive, for its director, Portugal's preeminent filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, at 96, still knows how to pack a wallop. show more

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