(2015)

Critic Reviews

80

Metascore

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100
Lyrically involving and deeply sensual, Neon Bull showcases a full-bodied artist in command of his form.
100
Village Voice
No matter how rigorously worked out each shot and its action might be, Neon Bull always honors the chaotic looseness of everyday living — the way that, unlike in the movies, few of the moments we inhabit seem to be about just one thing.
100
Neon Bull is a profound reflection on the intersection of the human and bestial.
88
Slant Magazine
Everything in the film is understood to be a subsumed sex act, with actual sex serving as a contextualizing catharsis.
83
The Playlist
Mascaro’s film is an auspicious, original, and absorbing work that thrills with its look into this little-seen world and the dreamers that inhabit it.
80
Although the narrative risks becoming arbitrarily episodic towards the end, Neon Bull is a genuine celebration of its characters and their grounded physical life as well as their obstinate ability to dream.
80
Instead of a straightforward narrative arc for the small cast of characters, the film -- gorgeously shot and framed by Cemetery of Splendor cinematographer Diego Garcia -- combines a documentary-like look at their everyday lives with a fascinating if not entirely clear-cut exploration of body and gender issues.
80
Neon Bull keeps a cinematic distance at nearly all times, seldom moving in for closeups and allowing most scenes to play out in a single shot. Whether his subjects are shoveling manure or showering down afterward, Mascaro prefers to celebrate these figures in their physical entirety.
67
Writer-director Gabriel Mascaro doesn’t really have a story to tell about these folks, but he does have a wealth of almost documentary-style detail to share, plus style to burn, and that’s nearly enough.
50
The latest example of what I call an emperor’s-new-clothes film is Neon Bull.

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