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Based on 19 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Dead Man plays a lot of cards at the same time, and Jarmusch occasionally loses his rhythm when he allows his actors their improvisational riffs. show more

  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Coy to a fault, the movie collapses under its own weight with 90 minutes to go, despite Robby Muller's impressive black-and-white photography, which puts the film on a higher artistic plane than other equally unbearable movies. [16 May 1996, Pg.06.D] show more

  • 100
    TV Guide

    A slow-paced but hypnotically absorbing movie, it's buoyed by Jarmusch's trademark off-key humor and embellished throughout by an electrifying instrumental score, courtesy of Neil Young. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Watching this movie has an almost hypnotic effect, like being carried along on a river past terrains both familiar and inexplicably, maddeningly odd. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Filmed in black-and-white with an eerie score by Neil Young, and using contemporary dialogue and mannerisms, Jarmusch's picture has a dream-like quality. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Dead Man is a strange, slow, unrewarding movie that provides us with more time to think about its meaning than with meaning. show more

  • 25
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Particularly because unlike so many other boring movies one sees, Jarmusch films require many more words to explain the boringness than less certifiably artistic films would. show more

  • 80

    It's a tale that subtly reinterprets the genre and delivers Jarmusch's most accomplished, if not necessarily his most accessible film to date. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It's not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, just one that grabs your attention and then lets it go, time and time again. show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The film has barely started, and already we can tell what we're in for -- two hours of metaphysical drift. show more

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