(2011)

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88
Slant Magazine
Both a companion piece to and in many ways a reversal of "Dogtooth," it builds on that film's surreally terse style and notions of communication and identity without diluting its singularity or concentration.
88
The movie focuses tightly and obviously on role playing, but the most unsettling observations concern how fragile it all is - our health, our minds, our denial of death.
80
The Guardian
Follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he's going.
80
Puzzling and provocative, Alps has a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.
75
Alps, in spite of its title, is a very flat film, from the shallow focus photography, to the actors' monotone delivery.
70
Like "Dogtooth," Alps works by systematically unsettling our sense of what is normal and habitual in human interactions.
67
Lanthimos' skill at orchestrating these tense, creepy, shockingly funny setpieces is just as evident here as it was in "Dogtooth," but too much of Alps is left vague.
60
Boxoffice Magazine
The premise is fetching and feels like a mystery, particularly as the film orchestrates its story to make the work of the Alps group seem like a kind of heist.
50
Variety
The cumulative force of the screenplay and Yorgos Mavropsaridis' editing is not as hypnotic as in "Dogtooth," perhaps in part because those familiar with Lanthimos' m.o. will know what to expect.
50
Village Voice
It's quibbling to draw up columns denoting what Lanthimos, a difficult but undeniable talent, does right and does wrong. He's seemingly working intuitively here, and whatever missteps he makes while feeling his way forward, he manages to pass quite near to one of the essential conundrums of being human.

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