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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 100
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    The concept is high, the humor lowbrow and the joy of experimentation evident in every frame of this wonderful picture. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's the stuff of soap opera, infused with a nonchalant, David Lynch-like surrealism and a nutball Canadian humor. Beer - because of the baroness, and because this is Canada - flows freely. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    If only there were a surefire way to describe Guy Maddin's films without scaring off viewers. The quirky Canadian is a genius who produces haunting, exquisitely droll movies that defy explanation. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    This exercise in style and tongue-in-cheek melodrama from Canada's iconoclastic Guy Maddin will be lionized by admirers for its audacity, but will wear thin for many audience members, who will find it tedious and repetitive. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    A deliciously weirded-out picture by Guy Maddin, a deliciously weirded-out Canadian filmmaker. show more

  • 100
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The best Canadian beer movie since "Strange Brew," and the best 1930s musical of the year, The Saddest Music in the World is the kind of exhaustingly delirious film that only Winnipeg director Guy Maddin could make. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The effect is strange and delightful; somehow the style lends quasi-credibility to a story that is entirely preposterous. show more

  • 88
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Meant to evoke filmmaking of a bygone era, but this time the director is more restrained visually, while making use of a more conventionally structured script than usual. And he has a real, honest-to-goodness star in Rossellini. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Maddin's movies are easy, too. Point your eyes at the screen; the magic follows. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    The Saddest Music In the World may not be for all tastes, but maybe it should be. show more

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