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Thirty years after "Koyaanisqatsi," Godfrey Reggio-with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane-once again leapfrogs over earthbound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh in stunning black and white 4K digital projection, "Visitors" reveals humanity's trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

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"With only 74 slowly unfolding shots, it's closer to gallery installation than conventional cinema, but for audiences open to the experience, it's inexplicably compelling."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The "oh, come off it" art movie of 2014."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Entrancing, reminding of a thought-provoking media art exhibit exemplifying the antithesis of Hollywood moviemaking."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"The score, by Philip Glass, adds to the off-kilter mood and the faces of a serene gorilla, and a moody child in a playground, prove especially absorbing."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"A graceful, dreamlike experience."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Non-narrative films can be opaque in deep ways. Visitors slips into pseudo-profundity. That said, I'd see it again."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Reggio has talked about his movies as attempts to bypass the intellect, a "visceral form of cinema" that's "aimed at your solar plexus." But you may experience "Visitors" as more of a sedative than a punch in the guts."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Visitors will work for some but fall short for many, it is an experiment in filmmaking that attempts something new but ultimately fails."
‑ Jon Lyus, HeyUGuys
"For all its beauty -- and in spite of Glass's majestic music -- the effect is bewildering."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"The director of the seminal time-lapse aria, Koyaanisqatsi, slows things down for his scintillating and otherworldly latest."
‑ Thirza Wakefield, Little White Lies
"We get the point, and have gotten it since 1982. And aestheticizing it in this way doesn't make the message any more convincing or urgent."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
""Visitors" restores a sense of monumentality to a medium that has seemed so diminished by recent technological and commercial imperatives ..."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Staring at "Visitors," not only do many things seem unusual, many more seem familiar, paralleled by other artists."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"A weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Too empty to arouse insight and too samey to sustain excitement, Reggio's best hope is that audiences will fall into a communal trance before they fall asleep."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
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