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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Passionate visual indictment of the perilous state of our high-tech world. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There are extraordinary collisions of image and music here that make for some breathtaking sequences, but when that portentous, Gregorian-chanting chorus kicks in with its repetitive mantra of the film's title, it sure sounds a whole lot like they're saying "narcolepsy," not "naqoyqatsi." show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Images wash over you like wind-blown rain, fierce and beautiful at the same time, largely shaped into themes by the haunting music of Philip Glass, who is here joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Its best moments offer a sense of motion-picture poetry that will lift receptive viewers out of their seats. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I have problems with Naqoyqatsi as a film, but as a music video it's rather remarkable. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    The film is a disturbing and frighteningly evocative assembly of imagery and hypnotic music. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    A movie that seems to have been made mostly on the hard drive of a Power Mac G4. But whatever, we get it: Technology destroys everything. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Dense collage of digitally altered images often looks shockingly like some super-hip media agency's show reel. show more

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