The Limits of Control Synopsis
The motives of a mysterious stranger (Isaach De Bankolé) remain unknown as he works outside the law.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Almost absurdly quiet and observant, The Limits of Control is about the space between the action, the steps along the way.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even the great ones hit snags. With The Limits of Control, Jim Jarmsuch gets tangled up in his own deadpan.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Unfortunately, the whole seldom adds up to the sum of its illustrious parts, and Jarmusch's trademark deadpan quirks seem to have gotten...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Only a few events happen in this minimalist film, and most of them keep getting repeated through most of its running time.
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ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
While The Limits of Control offers some picturesque photography and grist for thought, it is ultimately too much like The Emperor's New...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Limits of Control, even with its flow of star cameos (Tilda Swinton, Gael García Bernal, a frenetic Bill Murray), is a listless long...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Jarmusch has come up with a dud.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It might be that Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) is experimenting with creating a pastiche of dreamlike sequences that audiences can interpret as...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is that rare movie specimen, a completely intentional, expertly guided work of art that fails almost completely.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jim Jarmusch's Dada meander, shot by Christopher Doyle, is empty and excruciating -- that's really all you need to know.
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Freedom from narrative

By bcrossbcross
I'm going to guess that this film would appeal almost exclusively to Jarmusch fans. For others, patience is needed along with the conscious expectation of only a few seconds of pay-off at the end....

This is not a "let's go to a movie" movie.

By spamtrap
There's THAT kind of movie - one that tells a story and has a coherent plot... and then there's THIS kind of movie... a mental puzzle, the kind of film you have to watch a second and third time and...

...is it over yet...

By candicecolucci
Beautifully made, but better serves as Spain's extended version of commercial for tourism....

don't go

By davidintc
horrible, horrible. tried way to hard to be artsy fartsy, and it failed....

The Limits of Control

By sglazer
The Limits of Boredom would be a more apt title to this movie....

Not for all

By not-for-all
I loved the movie. Yes, it´s not for all. I laughed with it, I had fun, and I was moved by the beauty and power of every scene. My only objection was on one actor. Gael García Bernal -always a...

Surprisingly Intriguing

By ProfessorFilmBuff
When I read the synopsis of the film, I thought I would love to see something aesthetic and possibly mentally challenging. Usually those expectations lead to a huge letdown. Not the case with...

no limits no control!

By nicolenelch
i loved it. so exciting to see a film like this on it's first run. just sit back, enjoy the ride and bear witness!...

non action, action movie

By edgarbox
a good try but no dice, the film lacks any human connection, very hard to tell what is going on until it actually happens and when it does, it isn't satisfying. the positive is the film is...

another jarmusch masterpiece

By matt03
absolute perfection - loved it thoroughly...

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Rated R | For graphic nudity and some language