Limbo (1999)

Writer/director John Sayles once again takes his audience to a place they may never have been before (this time both psychologically and geographically). Joe Gastineau (David Strathairn) lives in Juneau, Alaska, where his life has been… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 4, 1999
DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Sharply uneven, John Sayles' 12th film features many of his thematic motifs but the ambiguous ending is problematic.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Another challenging movie bt John Sayles about the complexity of the soul and the mystery of fate.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Many viewers will be disappointed that there is no payoff.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Like so much of his work, Limbo feels like two films - one agitprop, the other melodrama - but these two strains are unified in the film's title and (as always) setting.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Sayles cheats the viewer with an ending that might have looked enigmatic on another film, but looks like a cop-out on this one.

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Susan Granger

The ambiguity of its ending may be frustrating, but your reaction and subsequent conclusion reveal more about you than about the characters in the film.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Proximate politics replaced by archetype and what Wordsworth would have called "the story of place."

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

It delivers its name's sake. If limbo is your idea of fun -- you'll have a riot.

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Christopher Null

I've never heard such booing in a theater in all my life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An ex-fisherman falls in love with a singer, but their relationship is tested when they are stranded in the Alaskan hinterland. This film is two films in one.… More
Anthony Valletta
Another winning film from Sayles.
Jeffrey Meyers
John Sayles' Limbo is a fascinating film on many levels. It's a drama in the truest sense of the word, with interesting characters, relate-able… More
Robert Fearon
An absorbing story about appealing, rounded characters. The more you think about the way it ends, the more you realise that any other ending would betray the… More