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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Passes by like a dream. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The film should please his (Sokurov's) fans even while proving a frustrating, tedious experience for most art house audiences. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Like most of Sokurov's movies, this oblique parable is mysterious, elliptical, irresistible. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    By the time the final shot arrives -- a rooftop panorama in the falling snow -- we don't know much about any of the people we've just encountered. But we have been treated to a feast for the eyes. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Where a lesser movie from a lesser director might sink into its own ponderousness, Sokurov uses the ambiguity of the father and son's relationship to craft a sort of erotic puzzle. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Hypnotic film. show more

  • 60
    David Parkinson Empire

    Sokurov's use of space, religious symbolism and raw emotion compensate for any sense of exclusion. show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Sokurov's new companion piece (to "Mother and Son"), has the tedium without the trance. show more

  • 80
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    Less a story than a situation, the film contends with a difficult transitional period in the lives of its title characters, who face the growing necessity of getting some distance from each other. show more

  • 80
    Dana Stevens The New York Times

    Like a dream within a dream. Its images and emotions are vivid, disquieting and also hermetic, and while it may frustrate your desire for clear storytelling and psychological transparency, it has an intensity that surpasses understanding. show more

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