100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
If the word masterpiece has any use these days, it must apply to the film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, a mature, philosophically resonant work from Turkey's leading director, 53-year-old Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates, Distance, Three Monkeys).
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The wondrous cinematography is by Gokhan Tiryaki. It is not an easy picture. Not many masterpieces are.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Eerily tragic and chillingly hard to come to terms with.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, one of Turkey's best directors, has a deep understanding of human nature. He loves his characters and empathizes with them. They deserve better than to be shuttled around in a facile plot. They deserve empathy. So do we all.
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85

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Tectonic pacing builds to a series of imperceptible and yet earth-moving moments in Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, a habeas corpus procedural stretched across two and a half discursive hours.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Patient viewers will be rewarded, as long as they pay attention. Lots of what at first seems inconsequential is actually of great import - but Ceylan isn't letting on. And yes, the cinematography is impressive.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

For those willing to take the plunge, it is a deep and haunting work that lingers in the memory.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's meditative, at times maddening expression of human mystery and barren landscapes is gorgeous to look at, intriguing to think about and, at times, hard to sit through.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is boring, but not in the usual way of boring movies. It is colossally, memorably and audaciously boring.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Nuri Bilge Ceylan has to be the least kinetic of working filmmakers - and not simply in the sense of static camerawork or lack of narrative momentum.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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