Twentynine Palms
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David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave L.A. to explore the desert terrain in search of a natural set for a magazine photo-shoot. The attractive couple finds a motel at 29 Palms, and subsequently spends their days on their four-wheelers, discovering the Joshua Tree Desert. Driving around with utter freedom, they lose themselves on nameless roads and trails. Frantically making love all the time and most everywhere, they regularly fight. Inevitably, David and Katia kiss and make up though, understanding the eruption petty fights that can occur within ordinary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's alternately monotonous, hot and dramatic, which makes for a peculiar, not entirely unsatisfying atmosphere of neo -- or is that post? -- noir."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Mutterings and short clipped dialogues in ellipses may convey reality but are hard on a movie audience."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Twentynine Palms is another in a string of recent French movies in which the body is no longer sacred, a churning, jerking, oozing machine. But Dumont seems to be working toward human discovery."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"It's cheap thrills in an arty package."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Muddled."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"[Dumont] forces viewers to question not only what's on the screen, but ultimately, the very nature of reality."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The French picture aims to titillate and shock with its graphic sex and violence, but ultimately it's monotonous and pretentious."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fascinating in the abstract but wearisome in reality."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Both the characters and the setting are a bit of a blank here, so it's no surprise the movie is, too."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"In Twentynine Palms, writer and director Bruno Dumont takes his cultural revenge on the United States, attacking countless American stereotypes and in the process reinforcing an equal number of cliches about arrogant French auteurs."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"[Brown Bunny] sports the narrative complexity of War and Peace compared with Twentynine Palms."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"A movie full of surfaces but with exasperatingly little to say"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The talented filmmaker laid an egg with this one."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"French exercise in California crisis and empty existentialism manages to be pointless, dim and brutal all at once."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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