Mysteries of Lisbon
Mysteries of Lisbon (2011)

Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 5, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

The production design and costumes are immaculate, while Ruiz's camera glides around soirées, ducks under tables and peers from behind curtains.

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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

This isn't one of those epics that uses length as a bludgeon. Rather than sweep, the movie spirals, twisting its viewpoint to reveal tales within tales.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

This is a film of labyrinthine storytelling and cinematic weaves of character and narrative that stretch across countries and time itself...

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

A sumptuous unravelling of secrets wrapped in tantalizing stories that gradually interconnect the lives of an ensemble of characters who seduce, betray and defend each other in the years surrounding the Peninsular War.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

A sprawling 19th century novel filtered through the mind of a trickster filmmaker, the late Raúl Ruiz, who both delights in and subverts his wildly complex and melodramatic source material.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

It is four and a half hours long, but it's got enough plot for at least 30 movies.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Based on the sprawling 19th-century novel by Camilo Castelo Branco, Chilean director Raul Ruiz renders an equally sprawling tale filled with love and war, violence and vengeance and the search for identity.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's a lot. But if you're at all inclined, it's just right.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The duration is intimidating, but the time flies by in an engrossing movie that covers three generations over the late 18th and early 19th centuries and deals with themes - chance, identity, manipulation, multiple personality - that recur in Ruiz's oeuvre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
"Mysteries of Lisbon" is the slowest, most sleep-inducing film I've ever seen. It was painful at times to try to stay awake through its… More
Walter M.
In "Mysteries of Lisbon," Joao(Joao Luis Arrias) is already suffering through school enough without the local bullies picking up on his being an… More
Alec Barniskis
Its an impressive film, it sustains itself thematically and holds your interest for its 4 1/2 hour run time while really playing around with the audience's… More