Robinson in Ruins
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The third installment of Keiller's "Robinson" trilogy finds Robinson wandering through the English countryside, wondering aloud whether the failures of late capitalism in the UK can be explained by the flora and detritus he passes. Keiller's materialist approach yields ravishing results, affirming his status as a serious thinker with a knack for finding the "moving wind in the trees". As with London and Robinson In Space, the titular protagonist's philosophical musings remain a constant, guiding the viewer's attention to the manifold histories hidden within… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An exaltation of life counters the intimations of extinction, trumping the polemical despair."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Not your everyday fare. A Marxist documentary assault on Tory-inspired rot in Britain. Hopefully it will inspire young American filmmakers to go after our own filthy rich."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Perhaps it is all a little recondite, but there are moments of austere visual poetry..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"There are moments of real absurdist humour, but Vanessa Redgrave's droning narration over endless shots of flowers makes it feel like a combo of recent radio news and a nature-themed screensaver."
‑ Carmen Gray, Total Film
"A combination of poem and polemic. The obituary of a society that never had it better."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"The results are both enlightening and enervating."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"It's too abstruse for its own good, and often boring."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Keiller finds melancholic magic in the discarded domestic and industrial edifices of a landscape that has much to tell us -- if only we're prepared to look and listen."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Keiller's follow up to his cine-essays London and Robinson In Space is another intelligent, thought-provoking piece of filmmaking."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Robinson's very name ties him to explorers like Crusoe and Walden."
‑ Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
"Not only is this elegiac work filled with paradoxical hope for humanity's future, it's also an encouraging sign of life-an indication of the robust health of documentary art"
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"Vanessa Redgrave provides the narration of a beautifully photographed, meandering film essay that fails to match the impact of either London or Robinson In Space."
‑ , Daily Express
"Keiller casts a spell. His "psychogeographical" methods unearth secrets about Britain not merely physical but spiritual, cultural, economic."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"One often hears of actors reading the phonebook and exalting their fans in doing so. Here the superb Vanessa Redgrave achieves this narrative feat, except the phone numbers are replaced by historical facts united by a journey of a make-believe character."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
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