The Saddest Music in the World Synopsis
A baroness (Isabella Rossellini) holds a competition to find sad music.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
The concept is high, the humor lowbrow and the joy of experimentation evident in every frame of this wonderful picture.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
A deliciously weirded-out picture by Guy Maddin, a deliciously weirded-out Canadian filmmaker.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The best Canadian beer movie since "Strange Brew," and the best 1930s musical of the year, The Saddest Music in the World is the kind of...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Hard to say who's luckier -- those who have seen the work of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin before and know what to expect, or those who...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's the stuff of soap opera, infused with a nonchalant, David Lynch-like surrealism and a nutball Canadian humor. Beer - because of the...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
If only there were a surefire way to describe Guy Maddin's films without scaring off viewers. The quirky Canadian is a genius who produces...
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Maddin's movies are easy, too. Point your eyes at the screen; the magic follows.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The effect is strange and delightful; somehow the style lends quasi-credibility to a story that is entirely preposterous.
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Meant to evoke filmmaking of a bygone era, but this time the director is more restrained visually, while making use of a more...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This exercise in style and tongue-in-cheek melodrama from Canada's iconoclastic Guy Maddin will be lionized by admirers for its audacity,...
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Rated R | For Violent Images and Some Sexuality