• Released
  • September 8, 1999
  • 2 hr 14 min
  • Drama
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76

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
A film that's bound to be loathed for its irrationalities and narrative drunkenness, just as it will be beloved for its original risks and manic visual energy.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Frantic and out of control - and great fun to watch.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I would rather see one movie like this than a thousand "Bring It Ons."
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's only one Carax, uncompromisingly ambiguous.
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
A less confrontational, though positively gushing modernization of "Pierre, or the Ambiguities."
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Long and lugubrious.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Through Carax's eyes, even squalor looks fabulous.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Carax's cinematic imagination makes it worth viewing by movie buffs with a sense of adventure and a tolerance for explicit sex.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Frenzied, gothic nonsense.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Carax, with Pola X, has become a parody of himself with a self-indulgent, overreaching style that many viewers will find a struggle to watch -- provided they can contain their contempt for pretentiousness.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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