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You won't forget it soon, though it may give you at least some qualms about using the subway, especially if you're ever in Budapest.
Antal keenly juggles black comedy, character types and genre styles, making the most of the weird angles and inherent dark creepiness of his chosen backdrop.
As a group of episodes, the movie keeps our interest not by linear plot, but by finely drawn characterizations.
Los Angeles Times:
Kontroll is that singular success, a thoroughly satisfying, rambunctious entertainment that also subtly works on philosophical and spiritual levels.
You don't need a deep, dark forest to tell an unsettling fable about the struggle for freedom or the battles waged between the shadows and the things that glow.
The hooded phantom who keeps popping up to shove passengers onto the tracks is the only figure in Kontroll with even a semblance of purpose.
Kontroll is goofy, smart and beguiling, and it whips up an almost unbearable luster from its grimy subterranean labyrinth.
Antal's sense of humor is of the terminally unfunny sort. He trades on tired caricatures, cutesy conceits and infantile gross-outs, and the reasons for Bulcsu's paralyzing angst are left so vague and elliptical, it's difficult to care about him.
One of those hip, self-consciously trippy existential thrillers that blow in from Europe every now and then to rock the world of East Village university students looking for a superficially meaningful event to legitimize their Friday night bar crawl.
New York Daily News:
Nimrod Antal's defiantly mordant comedy is smart, imaginative -- and nearly impossible to watch.
New York Times:
Like many modern allegories, Nimrod Antal's tour de force of grime, fluorescence and destinationless velocity is more concerned with atmosphere than meaning.
Kontroll is the first work by a director who is clearly gifted and who has found a way to make a full-bore action movie on a limited budget.
First-timer Antal manages to shoehorn a surprisingly affecting layer of metaphysical unease into the tale.
Bulcsu never surfaces from the underworld. Neither does the movie -- literally or figuratively.