Control (2005)

Screenwriter Nimrod Antal makes an impressive directorial debut in this surreal, atmospheric and entirely subterranean black comedy-thriller about transit officials in a Budapest subway dealing with unruly riders and a serial killer. Sandor… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kontroll is a smart thriller that's dark, gritty, and funny.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

You don't need a deep, dark forest to tell an unsettling fable about the struggle for freedom or the battles waged between the shadows and the things that glow.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Singular in its location and singular in mood.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It's not a perfect film by any means, but it certainly succeeds quite well in telling its tale with enough charm and gore to keep thing interesting.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

As a group of episodes, the movie keeps our interest not by linear plot, but by finely drawn characterizations.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Kontroll is the first work by a director who is clearly gifted and who has found a way to make a full-bore action movie on a limited budget.

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Even though we spend the entire film underground, Hungary has never looked more buoyant.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Antal keenly juggles black comedy, character types and genre styles, making the most of the weird angles and inherent dark creepiness of his chosen backdrop.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

You won't forget it soon, though it may give you at least some qualms about using the subway, especially if you're ever in Budapest.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though the film is crowd-pleasing enjoyable, it never fully brings in enough light to its underground setting to completely satisfy as a fully realized work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Aaron Neuwirth
"No Ticket" Solid film about a crew of subway control officers working in the underworld that is the Budapest subway system. The film works as a dark… More
Edward Boxler
The setting feels more like a nightclub than a subway system. Cool scenes and music score, but the film tries to combine one too many genres to really grab… More
Greg S
A crew of borderline-incompetent subway cops ('Kontrollers') deal with abusive commuters, a rash of apparent suicides, and dense symbolism. Shot… More
Robert C
Interesting, funny, thought provoking, all in all an exceptional and enjoyable film.
Stella Dallas
dark dark dark and funny low budget thriller set in the budapest underground with a host of oddball characters. i really enjoyed this
Gordon Anderson
Eerie underground settings help this droll melancholic tale of unloved ticket inspectors, along with an eclectic score and the obvious affection the director… More