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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 40
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Does he (Hartley) succeed? Not with a movie this plodding, peevish and gimmicky. Is it fun to watch him try? Me, I'll take failed ambition over hack efficiency any day. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    An uneasy mixture of tragedy, satire, monster yarn and David Cronenberg creepiness, No Such Thing can't decide what it wants to be or how it needs to get there. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The film's pace is just plain wacky, moving with the haste of a receding glacier most of the time, but then jumping ahead as if Hartley hit the gas on a time machine. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Less an American product than an international escapade, it's the kind of pigeonhole-resisting romp that Hollywood too rarely provides. show more

  • 50
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    If you've come to appreciate Hal Hartley's idiosyncratic style through films like "Flirt" and "The Unbelievable Truth," his take on the monster movie genre will intrigue you. But, ultimately, disappoint you. show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    Hartley's loquacity and arguable pretentiousness are stemmed by his sense of play. Even when they run afoul, his movies still have the conviction of their fun. No Such Thing barely has any convictions at all. show more

  • 25
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    No Such Thing is inexplicable, shapeless, dull. It doesn't even rise to entertaining badness. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The film is little more than a stylish exercise in revisionism whose point -- we create, then destroy our own monsters in order to assure ourselves we're human -- is no doubt true, but serves as a rather thin moral to such a knowing fable. show more

  • 30
    Chris Gore Film Threat

    Yes, the film is an allegorical modern fairy tale with plenty of pretty obvious social commentary, but if I can't identify with one character or be made to care, then what's the point? show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Hartley is trapped between sincerity and mock sincerity, and that all but dooms a filmmaker to slipping through the cracks. show more

  • August 15, 2011 Trouble
    Report This User

    I found the movie quite haunting. I loved \"the monster\". The girl was perfect. It was an eerie movie of fear, love, betrayal. Helen Mirren as outstanding.

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