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For his feature debut, L.A.-born Hungary resident Nimród Antal made Kontroll, a farcical look at the Budapest subway system, about the crazy ticket agents who earn their living there and the hostile citizens they deal with on a daily basis. At the center of it all is Bulcsú (Sándor Csányi), a quiet fellow who leads his ragtag crew that includes the Professor (Zoltán Mucsi), the nagging, burned-out elder of the group; Muki (Csaba Pindroch), the goofy narcoleptic; the disheveled Lecsó (Sándor Badár); and the naďvely gung-ho new guy, Tibi (Zsolt Nagy). Bulcsú and his guys can't compete with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You don't need a deep, dark forest to tell an unsettling fable about the struggle for freedom or the battles waged between the shadows and the things that glow."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Singular in its location and singular in mood."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though the film is crowd-pleasing enjoyable, it never fully brings in enough light to its underground setting to completely satisfy as a fully realized work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Antal proudly wears Tarantino influences, lingering in humorous conversations that race out on tangents, adding flavor to characters while also subtly developing themes."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The constant gear-changing -- or tonal shifts -- may put some audience members off a bit. But it also has style to burn, and most of the cast is appealing, especially the brooding Csanyi, and Balla, whose sunny presence brightens up the dark proceedings."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"As a group of episodes, the movie keeps our interest not by linear plot, but by finely drawn characterizations."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"It's not a perfect film by any means, but it certainly succeeds quite well in telling its tale with enough charm and gore to keep thing interesting."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"[A] nimble dark comedy."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Antal has a bright future."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Writer-director Nimrod Antal shifts from breakneck action to thoughtful romance ..., as he reveals a colorful and chaotic underground."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Antal keenly juggles black comedy, character types and genre styles, making the most of the weird angles and inherent dark creepiness of his chosen backdrop."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Even though we spend the entire film underground, Hungary has never looked more buoyant."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"This is supremely confident filmmaking for a newcomer, and should give Antal a one-way ticket to bigger things."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Os personagens e o próprio conceito do filme săo interessantes, mas o fraco roteiro acaba desperdiçando o potencial do projeto e a boa direçăo do estreante Antal."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Debut writer-director Nimród Antal uses the anti-hero Bulcsú (Sándor Csányi) as an effective symbol of repressed rebellion."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
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