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The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance. More extraordinary still is its emotional depth.
Arabian Nights may frustrate and enervate, but with hindsight these blemishes fade into a gleaming collage.
For all the film's politics, Arabian Nights can also be whimsical, swooningly romantic, inspiring, fascinating, or deeply sad.
The melancholy that falls over this chapter is hard to shake but its tempered slightly by the love Gomes has for his characters, bad habits, ingrained sadness and all.
Volumes one and two are especially captivating, as Gomes himself appears onscreen to tell of how he charged a team of researchers with scouring Portugal in search of tales.
Arabian Nights' off-the-cuff, community-theater vibe ends up underlining its origins as a creative reaction to social and economic crisis.
Gomes believes we should all take responsibility for one another and sees austerity as a government abrogation of social duty that ultimately turns citizen against citizen.
The New York Times
It is worth sticking with it until the end, since the third part is the most powerful.
Slant Magazine
It forays into satirical terrain in order to elide actual dealings with the problems at hand, so that each piece feels alternatively frivolous and weighty.

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