Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War)
Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) (2002)

Filmmaker, philosopher and activist Godfrey Reggio completes the film trilogy he began with Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi in this visually striking examination of the impact of technology upon our culture. Naqoyqatsi is a word from the Hopi… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 18, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The weakest film in Reggio's trilogy.

Jan Stuart

If the message seems more facile than the earlier films, the images have such a terrible beauty you may not care.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Too much of a good thing being bombarded with an hour and a half of trippy images that appear to be lecturing me on how miserable, yet strangely beautiful, modern life is.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

At its best, Naqoyqatsi awakens the eyes, but it doesn't really do much to tweak the conscience. It's difficult to feel a sense of outrage while you're in a trance.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Pretentious, ponderous and redundant."

Michael Dequina

The only feeling one comes away from Naqoyqatsi is admiration of its technological virtuosity--certainly not what Reggio intended.

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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News

If you open yourself up to Mr. Reggio's theory of this imagery as the movie's set ... it can impart an almost visceral sense of dislocation and change.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.

Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

Socially aware, but so nihilistic and fatalistic that it's irrelevant since it is unwilling to push towards the social change that the prior films supported so adamently.