(2002)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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100
Its best moments offer a sense of motion-picture poetry that will lift receptive viewers out of their seats.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
I have problems with Naqoyqatsi as a film, but as a music video it's rather remarkable.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
There are extraordinary collisions of image and music here that make for some breathtaking sequences, but when that portentous, Gregorian-chanting chorus kicks in with its repetitive mantra of the film's title, it sure sounds a whole lot like they're saying "narcolepsy," not "naqoyqatsi."
75
Passionate visual indictment of the perilous state of our high-tech world.
75
New York Daily News
Images wash over you like wind-blown rain, fierce and beautiful at the same time, largely shaped into themes by the haunting music of Philip Glass, who is here joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
75
The film is a disturbing and frighteningly evocative assembly of imagery and hypnotic music.
75
New York Post
Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this.
70
Much of this is involving, although the pace is so relentless that it leaves little time to breathe or grasp precisely what Reggio is attempting to say.
67
Entertainment Weekly
If Microsoft and Nike ever merged into one corporate megalith (MicroNike?) and commissioned Leni Riefenstahl to direct its visionary new Super Bowl commercial, the result might look something like Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi.
63
A movie that seems to have been made mostly on the hard drive of a Power Mac G4. But whatever, we get it: Technology destroys everything.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.
60
Dense collage of digitally altered images often looks shockingly like some super-hip media agency's show reel.

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