Kontroll (2005)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kontroll is a smart thriller that's dark, gritty, and funny.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Singular in its location and singular in mood.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

As a group of episodes, the movie keeps our interest not by linear plot, but by finely drawn characterizations.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

[A] nimble dark comedy.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

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.

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Even though we spend the entire film underground, Hungary has never looked more buoyant.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

This is supremely confident filmmaking for a newcomer, and should give Antal a one-way ticket to bigger things.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Aaron Neuwirth
"No Ticket" Solid film about a crew of subway control officers working in the underworld that is the Budapest subway system. The film works as a dark… More
Edward Boxler
The setting feels more like a nightclub than a subway system. Cool scenes and music score, but the film tries to combine one too many genres to really grab… More
Greg S
A crew of borderline-incompetent subway cops ('Kontrollers') deal with abusive commuters, a rash of apparent suicides, and dense symbolism. Shot… More
Robert C
Interesting, funny, thought provoking, all in all an exceptional and enjoyable film.
Stella Dallas
dark dark dark and funny low budget thriller set in the budapest underground with a host of oddball characters. i really enjoyed this
Gordon A
Eerie underground settings help this droll melancholic tale of unloved ticket inspectors, along with an eclectic score and the obvious affection the director… More