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Kontroll 2003

Critics score:
82 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: 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. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Singular in its location and singular in mood. Read more

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Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic: As a group of episodes, the movie keeps our interest not by linear plot, but by finely drawn characterizations. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: These pieces come together, but they don't always fit. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Kontroll is that singular success, a thoroughly satisfying, rambunctious entertainment that also subtly works on philosophical and spiritual levels. Read more

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Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: Kontroll is goofy, smart and beguiling, and it whips up an almost unbearable luster from its grimy subterranean labyrinth. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: 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. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Nimrod Antal's defiantly mordant comedy is smart, imaginative -- and nearly impossible to watch. Read more

A.O. Scott, 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

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Eddie Cockrell, Variety: First-timer Antal manages to shoehorn a surprisingly affecting layer of metaphysical unease into the tale. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Bulcsu never surfaces from the underworld. Neither does the movie -- literally or figuratively. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: Visually stylish surrealist drama. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Read more