Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1983)

Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning "Life Out of Balance," which is both the subtitle and the theme of this intriguing documentary. Godfrey Reggio has woven a hypnotic tapestry of time-lapse photography and Philip Glass's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

"Well now, that music was *very* foreboding; it made a shiver go right down my spine."

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

'A magnificent, eye-opening experience'

Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

I guarantee you've never seen anything quite like it.

Mark Bourne

Whether or not the movie exposes a world that is manifestly out of balance, Reggio and Glass's liturgy is that rarest of art forms: an avant-garde work with purpose and substance that also succeeds as entertainment.

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Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Jaw dropping photography. A unique experience.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

gets its point across through Phillip Glass' hypnotic and evocative score, cinematographer Ron Fricke's creative and provocative juxtapositions, and mystical forces

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Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

Relentlessly concerned with the surface reality of human life, Koyaanisqatsi completely misses the inner beauties and dignities of man-made civilization.

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Unique and fascinating; great Philip Glass score

Scott Weinberg

Odd, hypnotic, and frequently quite beautiful.

Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
So, Koyanisqaatsi. Boring junk to some, an involving masterpiece to others, and God knows what other adjective-noun combinations are out there. Most of these… More
Jeremy Smith
An amazing movie, almost life captured in all its character.
Chris Weber
This just might be the greatest non-narrative film of all time. It might not have a plot, and the script was probably more like an outline of the various… More
Ross Collins
Great post-pub chillout ambient cinema. Haunting music with magical time-lapse photography takes you on a breathtaking cinematic tour of life on Earth. The few… More
Sophie Burgess
Visually and metaphorically very good. I especially liked the comparison between the sausages and humans. Very interesting but not something to watch for… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Great hypnotizing Philip Glass music. The visuals in the desert and city are great. I didn't care much for the industry or the spiralling rocket fuselage;… More

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