Holy Motors
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man... He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part - but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He's like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is never dull."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Audiences who care about character and plot are liable to take the exit to a movie that makes sense."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Holy Motors is visionary, absurd, melancholy, ecstatic, confounding, and ultimately transcendent. If 2012 spawns a better film I will eat a bouquet of flowers."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"From its enigmatic opening scenes, which sends the viewers into a mysterious voyage a la Alice through the looking glass that ends up in a movie theater, Holy Motors is a celebration of the magic, imagination, and primal power of the movies."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Welcome to the latest in WTF cinema, the kind of movie that critics love, general audiences loathe and cinephiles puzzle over."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"All this random action, Carax suggests, is for some vast, abstract audience anxious to lose itself in imagined narratives."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"It is gratifying to discover that mankind is still capable of finding new ways of being weird."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"The movie is a puzzle meant to be played and enjoyed, not solved. As Oscar asserts: 'We're having a ball in the back of beyond.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Read a dozen reviews of "Holy Motors" and you'll mostly get a dozen people scrambling not to admit that they don't quite get it."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Holy Motors is some kind of wonderful."
‑ Chase Whale, Film.com
"This is the kind of it-can-mean-whatever-you-want-it-to-mean art film that I usually run from, but Carax is such a prodigiously gifted mesmerist that, if you give way, you're likely to be enfolded in the film's phantasmagoria."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's an ingenious, half-mad triumph, and exactly what we expect from outlier Carax-one decade at a time."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"...this is a fascinating film experience where you never quite know what's coming next, and feel nothing but fulfilled when the eventual entertainment reveal arrives."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Offering a weird and wonderful tangle of ideas, Carax and Lavant are clearly reveling in the madcap vibe, and together they have created an entertainingly barmy and gag-filled ode to both cinema and what Oscar calls 'the beauty in the act'."
‑ Andrew Simpson, Fan The Fire
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