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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Jimenez makes a youthful film about sex, lies and literature that has the awkward charm of first love. show more

  • 88
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    Cristián Jiménez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Cristián Jiménez's dust-dry dramedy attests to the writer-director's own bibliophilia (the film is literally divided by chapter pages), as well as his lead actor's ability to milk a deadpan look that would make Buster Keaton proud. show more

  • 60
    The Guardian

    Jiménez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort. show more

  • 40
    Richard Mowe Boxoffice Magazine

    It has its moments, although the charmless main character Julio (played by Diego Noguera) begins to get on your nerves, as he seems incapable of extricating himself from difficult situations. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Bonsái seems like a veritable thicket of illuminating references and correspondences. A kind of poetry sprouts up even in some of the inevitable sad-twee flourishes. show more

  • 70
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    There's nothing obscure about young love and loss, and a story, as Mr. Jiménez put it, about "youngsters who have to deal with this sudden lack of certainties which makes them more lonely than they could have ever imagined." show more

  • 70
    Robert Koehler Variety

    By turns gentle, deadpan, droll and sarcastic, Jimenez's film reflects on Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" to track a sweet but doomed love affair between literary -- and pleasurably randy -- college students. show more

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