(1999)

Critic Reviews

65

Metascore

Based on 20 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
78
Austin Chronicle
Searingly potent and suggestively supple, Carax's images are rich with emotion and ideas.
76
Mr. Showbiz
A film that's bound to be loathed for its irrationalities and narrative drunkenness, just as it will be beloved for its original risks and manic visual energy.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
I would rather see one movie like this than a thousand "Bring It Ons."
75
Entertainment Weekly
There's only one Carax, uncompromisingly ambiguous.
75
New York Post
Frantic and out of control - and great fun to watch.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Long and lugubrious.
63
San Francisco Examiner
A less confrontational, though positively gushing modernization of "Pierre, or the Ambiguities."
50
Christian Science Monitor
Carax's cinematic imagination makes it worth viewing by movie buffs with a sense of adventure and a tolerance for explicit sex.
50
Through Carax's eyes, even squalor looks fabulous.
38
New York Daily News
Frenzied, gothic nonsense.
25
San Francisco Chronicle
Carax, with Pola X, has become a parody of himself with a self-indulgent, overreaching style that many viewers will find a struggle to watch -- provided they can contain their contempt for pretentiousness.

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