The Limits of Control
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The story follows a mysterious loner, a stranger to all, whose activities and workings remain meticulously outside the law. He is currently in the process of completing a job and trusts no one, while his objectives initially remain unrevealed. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness. The film uses no names and refers to all characters by description and appearances only.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A work of dazzling formal discipline that riffs on the simple notion of repetition and variation."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Distracted by the minutiae of the rituals he has constructed, Jarmusch seems unconcerned about making a point, or even constructing a coherent story."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"...a Zen gangster film, a mandala that scatters itself at the end. Its very quietude and uneventfulness force you into the moment every moment..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Offers an astonishingly sensuous experience"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a film, Jim, but not as we know it: a meandering bad trip through a gorgeously shot Spain that's really only accessible to tenacious Jarmusch enthusiasts."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"This is indulgent filmmaking at its most pretentious."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Paint drying. Photosynthesis. Rush-hour traffic. All these activities would be more entertaining to watch -- and probably speedier -- than Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Nothing more than Jarmusch's worst film since Night on Earth."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's beautifully wrapped in art, philosophical musings, mystery and film lore."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's bold, confrontational cinema that will, as its author intended, have you questioning at every turn just what it is you expect from a modern movie, and more importantly, why."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"The movie's main pleasure lies in the early scenes, which mix the filmmaker's familiar deadpan humor with an Antonioni-like sense of arid emptiness and conundrum."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"What a drag it is to descend from coolly blank to boringly meaningful."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"By surprising us with repetitions, Jarmusch suggests that we shouldn't take these events as literal, traditional storytelling. This is play -- serious play."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Cool, handsome, self-assured... but, as the existentialists might say, what's the bloody point?"
‑ Andrew Male, Empire Magazine
"This shallow conundrum is at once a dull thriller and a humourless comedy, the sort of colossally self-indulgent and boring film that only a successful and revered director could make - or be allowed to make."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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