Columbus (2017)

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 4, 2017
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wonderfully acted and artfully composed, Columbus balances the clean lines of architecture against the messiness of love, with tenderly moving results.

Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The director's greatest strength lies in creating a mood. "Columbus" is melancholy without being morose, and talky without forced cleverness.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Columbus is a charming and beautiful indie debut.

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Noah Gittell
Washington City Paper

It's an impressive, calculating film about a pair of loners torn between academia and the real world.

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

What's remarkable about this wondrously assured debut is that technique never overwhelms feeling, in part because Kogonada makes the two seem inextricably, harmoniously linked.

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Sheila O'Malley

The depth of emotion the film stirred up surprised me. I got so involved in these two people's lives. I cared about them. I liked eavesdropping on their conversations.

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Keith Phipps

In its best moments, Columbus doubles as a reminder that films speak in a language all their own, and that language often cuts deeper than words.

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

Almost startling in how assured it is, synthesizing beautiful, controlled images with story and character.

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Inkoo Kang

A minimalist film like Columbus depends almost entirely on the shading of the characters and the depths of the performances. By that metric, it's a too-delicate creature, tickling and piquing instead of fully thrusting us into the realm of feelings.

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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

A tale of seeming opposites with surprising, deeply meaningful tangents, COLUMBUS considers communication that has little to do with spoken words, and characters that need the perspective of an outsider in order to see their own lives clearly.

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