Mysteries of Lisbon Synopsis
A 19th-century Portuguese man recalls his youth in a church-run orphanage.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This enveloping dream of an epic narrative experiment comes from the great Chilean-born, France-based filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained).
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88

Slant Magazine

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A marvelously elastic storyteller, a dry wit, and a Rivettean anti-determinist, the Chilean auteur Raúl Ruiz is fascinated by...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It's a lot. But if you're at all inclined, it's just right.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I got a little lost while watching Mysteries of Lisbon and enjoyed the experience. It's a lavish, elegant, operatic, preposterous 19th...
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Ruiz, whose best-known films include his 1999 adaptation of Proust's "Time Regained," coolly roams the ambiguous territories between...
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80

Empire

By David Parkinson
Storytelling of breathtaking scale and grandeur, even if the complex plotting may twist your synapses along the way.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

What is left is the sheer joy of storytelling, and willing audiences will find themselves caught up in a what-happens-next page-turner of a...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Mysteries of Lisbon brings us far inside oil-on-canvas in a way that isn't imitative. It's simply, magically a moving picture, what a movie...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
We are told at the film's beginning that we are about to see a "diary of suffering," and it is that, but the effect, after...
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The result is a dull, high-minded soap opera.
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Rated NR