'Bonsai' Critic Reviews

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  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    In clumsier hands it would be easy to get lost amid the expanding thicket of narrative twists.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Jimenez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Benjamin Mercer Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Bonsai seems like a veritable thicket of illuminating references and correspondences. A kind of poetry sprouts up even in some of the inevitable sad-twee flourishes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • V.A. Musetto New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Deborah Young Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A youthful, melancholy film that draws on literature and writing for its inspiration.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Scenes of breezy intimacy mix well with deadpan comic moments, and Noguera's face is that rare male visage that seems boyishly opaque but over time suggests deep reserves of melancholy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Walter V. Addiego San Francisco Chronicle
    75
    A melancholy story of romance and regret with moments of drollery and sweetness along the way.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    75
    Bonsai illustrates the unbearable lightness of loneliness in a quiet, delicate manner.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    60
    A creative film from Chile about love, books and bonsai.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Fear Time Out New York
    60
    Jimenez's dust-dry dramedy attests to the writer-director's own bibliophilia (the film is literally divided by chapter pages), as well as his lead actor's ability to milk a deadpan look that would make Buster Keaton proud.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Diego Costa Slant Magazine
    88
    Cristian Jimenez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gail Tolley The List
    60
    Attractive cinematography shot in warm colours and neat, often comedic, composition.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scotsman
    60
    Like a bonsai, Julio is a stunted developer, and this film is a bit of a miniature curio but also pleasantly odd, funny and warm.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    A rather tiresome film in which headcase collides with bookcase.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Anton Bitel Film4
    A laid back, ludic literary romance (of sorts) that sets past against present and story against story.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Film4
    80
    A paradoxical anti-tragedy that dramatises the impossibility of originality and yet somehow still manages to be a true original, Bonsai is the right kind of precious.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emma Paterson Little White Lies
    80
    The quiet understatement of the work bears endless reflection.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Guy Lodge Time Out
    60
    It's a brave irony that a film besotted with the pages of Proust is built around a character who couldn't be more of a closed book.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    59
    intriguing because of its Escheresque style of storytelling, but its intellectual appeal fails to reach the heart
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film
    70
    Cristian Jimenez likes quirkiness and his enthusiasm for it, evidenced in his first film Optical Illusions and again here, goes a good way to convincing you to take the ride.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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