Death and the Compass
Death and the Compass (1996)

Filmed on location in Mexico City, this mystery follows a hard-boiled detective as he works to solve the murder of a Talmudic scholar. The detective is assisted by a Jewish journalist.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 1996
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ken Eisner

A bleary-eyed fever dream lumbered with impenetrable literary references, Death and the Compass quickly loses its way and expires long before its 90 minutes are up.

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Christopher Null

The director of Repo Man takes an Argentinian short story by Jorge Luis Borges and brings it to the screen with his curious style.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

When he [Director Alex Cox] overreaches and trips up...the thud is resounding.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Please take notes because you will be tested as the end of the movie.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Probably the kind of film for cultists who coo over Peter Greenaway films.

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El Hombre Invisible
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Walter M.
Despite its florid visuals and a game cast, "Death and the Compass" is nothing more than an empty exercise about the nature of power as triangulated… More