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Reprise 2006

Critics score:
88 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: A kinetic delight, Reprise comes from director Joachim Trier, born in Denmark but raised in Oslo, Norway, and it's a highlight of the filmgoing year so far. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: An exhilarating weave of childhood remembrance, projection, literary digression, and impish commentary. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The movie is enjoyable for its flashy surfaces--the witty editing, the narrative forecasting, the droll omniscient voice-over--but as drama it seems superficial. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: It's a fine film by any standard, on any scale. Read more

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times: Reprise is not just about engaging with or surviving through the creative instinct. It is that instinct. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: The vibrant Norwegian debut feature Reprise is one of those rare films about writers where form matches content, with fresh insights about the literary world coming via a complex, liberating series of flashbacks, ellipses, and other bold flourishes. Read more

Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic: If you are young, male and dream of making a name for yourself in the arts, Reprise is about the joys and sufferings of that quest: It is a Jules and Jim for the punk-rock generation. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Reprise, a vibrant new Norwegian film, burns with the passions of literature and youth. Read more

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times: [Director Joachim Trier] captures, in a way that's cool and romantic and heady, the moment in life when nothing matters more than ideas, influences and the possibility of shaping one's life into a work of art. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: A Norwegian movie that often looks and feels like a resurrected specimen of the French New Wave. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: The word 'Reprise' may mean recurrence, but Trier's fleet, joyously intellectual film comes at us like anything but a retread. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: The jagged energy of this film's opening and closing moments leave you wondering where it might have gone and what it might have been. Read more

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Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: Like his subjects, Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier is young and bursting with ambition Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: A savage, funny, tender, tragic and strangely beautiful riff on being young and growing up in a broken world. Read more

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Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: The kind of discovery that comes along only a few times a year (if we're lucky), Joachim Trier's energetic, inventive debut takes such a novel approach to well-worn themes that it makes most movies look downright lazy. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Trier's intent is to reproduce a sweet, hazy vision of the agony of youth. Ever so elliptically, he succeeds. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Drawing inspiration from the young-artists-in-angst tales of Godard, Truffaut and the French new wave, Joachim Trier's Reprise is both a charming homage and a vibrant work in its own right. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The cinema is an ideal medium for considering characters like those in "Reprise," but you'd have to see Jules and Jim to find out why. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, [A] hilarious, smart and heartbreaking coming-of-age drama. Read more

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle: Reprise has a smart and knowing script and will compel audiences to reflect on themselves at that age. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: As crisp and cool as a swig of Champagne. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It's an invigorating brew of dynamic visuals, quicksilver emotions, playful storytelling and chic, good-looking actors. Read more

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David Fear, Time Out: Trier's blend of genuine coolness, flesh-and-blood characters and a portrait of creative types that hits marrow, however, is a hat trick we'd gladly watch ad infinitum. Read more

Wally Hammond, Time Out: It's a by-turns flip and searching cineaste's rites-of-passage drama -- both for the characters and the director -- that deals entertainingly with the rivalries, doubts, fears and sexual entanglements of its twentysomething milieu. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: An intelligent and occasionally profound portrait of a pair of artists as young men. Read more

Leslie Felperin, Variety: Effervescent, if somewhat baggy in structure, dramedy Reprise reps an impressive debut for young Norwegian Joachim Trier. Read more