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75

Metascore

Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
As a nonagenarian, de Oliveira is the world's oldest working filmmaker, and still one of the best. This is a lovely, lively, timely treat for the eyes and mind.
90
In both its intellectual reach and the elegant simplicity of its form, A Talking Picture bears resemblance to Andrei Sokurov's "Russian Ark."
88
Chicago Tribune
It's a great film that, sadly, may be ignored by all but the most dedicated, knowledgable filmgoers.
80
Chicago Reader
Initially this seems naive and archaic, but it conceals a Buñuelian stinger in its tail.
80
The A.V. Club
De Oliveira wraps A Talking Picture with a simultaneous introduction and farewell--a bold curtain-dropper that's either a bleak joke or an imprecisely controlled scream of rage.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
A thoughtful, provocative effort that makes up for its narrative failings with its astute philosophical musings.
75
New York Post
Moves along its tranquil way until about five minutes before the closing credits, when it turns into a terrorist thriller.
70
Variety
A film destined to divide Manoel de Oliveira's fans but also to win him new ones, A Talking Picture is his simplest, most linear story in memory.
70
Village Voice
Still astonishingly vital at 96, the Portuguese maestro Manoel de Oliveira here takes a becalmed trip through stormy waters.
40
This intermittently interesting symbolic tour through European history once again places ideas over aesthetics and technique.

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