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The Limits of Control
7.4 out of 10

The Limits of Control

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Occasionally Charming But Too Long and Slow

Jay Raskin, IMDb
11 August 2011
  • Summary: I guess for Jim Jarmusch, the shot, not the characters or the narrative is the building block and center of the film. Each shot is almost a minor Magritte painting with some detail incongruous enough to make us chuckle or wonder WTF. Why does the lead character order two cups of espresso?
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Overall 1
1.0

The Limits...of this viewers patience, with SPOILERS

popo75, IMDb
10 October 2010
  • Summary: I rented this movie on the assumption the words on the cover - "A thriller written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jarmusch..." - were promising, but I found it excruciatingly slow, derivative, unbelievably pretentious, repetitive and ultimately a bore.
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Overall 9
9.0

Colourful film noir.

daniel_vanluijk, IMDb
22 March 2010
  • Summary: If you're looking for a great story, you'd better go read a book. If you think you can make up your own story, maybe you can watch this film. Before I saw it, I looked for reviews on the net. People spoke about too little dialogue, slowness and even misuse of great actors.
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Brilliant cinematography, but not much else.

feverswamp, IMDb
14 November 2009
  • Summary: I really enjoy some of Jim Jarmusch's work (Night on Earth, Mystery Train and Dead Man), and I thought that I would like this film based on the story (or lack thereof) and the soundtrack, however, I was quite disappointed.
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Overall 1
1.0

Not the worst movie ever. By one.

Jon, IMDb
24 June 2009
  • Summary: I've seen a worse movie than Limits of Control. The Singing Forest was worse. But very, very few people will ever encounter that schlock. Many more will force themselves masochistically to endure nearly two hours of Limits of Control.
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Overall 10
10

A film lover's dream

Daniel Saner (imdb@darksouls-realm.com), IMDb
19 June 2009
  • Summary: This is a tough picture to review, although I can really only come to one conclusion: you have to watch it for yourself. Jim Jarmusch based it on the idea of making an "action movie without action", and I think that's pretty accurate.
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Overall 10
10

A film of mystery and silence

Howard Schumann, IMDb
7 June 2009
  • Summary: It has been said that God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose perimeter is nowhere. In the beautiful and enigmatic The Limits of Control, director Jim Jarmusch puts it this way, "The universe has no center and no edges" and, "everything is subjective", or "reality is arbitrary".
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Overall 9
9.0

Slow-paced and captivating political mystery with a subterranean anarchist impulse

rasecz, IMDb
21 May 2009
  • Summary: The plot of this film develops like good minimalist music. A pleasant tune repeated over and over with minor variations. For a film such as "The Limits of Control", the number of repetitions may seem excessive, but they are essential in building a subtle interpretation that crystallizes at the end.
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Overall 8
8.0

Post-Modernist Fun

GeneSiskel, IMDb
11 May 2009
  • Summary: "The Limits of Control" is a post-modernist exercise. It doesn't tell a story. (There are apparently no stories worth telling on a planet defined by a singer as dirt.) Rather, the movie borrows the plot lines and dialogue of film noir, the preoccupations of French art criticism, and other semi-art...
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Overall 9
9.0

A Zen Masterpiece!

Lemmywinks616, IMDb
3 May 2009
  • Summary: Sit back, open your mind, watch the magical pictures genius cinematographer Chris Doyle paints and let Jarmusch take you to a new world. This movie is an instant classic, uncompromisingly inviting the viewer to fill in the blanks while being enchanted and entertained.
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