• Released
  • May 1, 2009
  • R , 1 hr 56 min
  • Drama
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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50

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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50

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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42

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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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Jarmusch has come up with a dud.
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38

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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25

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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Rated R | For graphic nudity and some language