Once Upon A Time in Anatolia Synopsis
Turkish officials conduct a nighttime search for a killer's victim.
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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...
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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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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Eerily tragic and chillingly hard to come to terms with.
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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...
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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...
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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 -...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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Once Upon A Time in Anatolia review

By zecanorton
Great movie. It's slow, but in the best possible way....

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By dsubdu

slow and noncompelling

By the_movie_mogul
This film did not live up to the critics rating. Unreasonably slow. Not overly compelling. Characters did nothing to pull you in. Nothing brilliant about this film whatsoever....

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Rated NR