The Limits of Control
The Limits of Control (2009)

The story follows a mysterious loner, a stranger to all, whose activities and workings remain meticulously outside the law. He is currently in the process of completing a job and trusts no one, while his objectives initially remain… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A minimalist exercise in not much of anything, The Limits of Control is a tedious viewing experience with little reward.

David Jenkins
Time Out

A work of dazzling formal discipline that riffs on the simple notion of repetition and variation.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

Distracted by the minutiae of the rituals he has constructed, Jarmusch seems unconcerned about making a point, or even constructing a coherent story.

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Rob Gonsalves

...a Zen gangster film, a mandala that scatters itself at the end. Its very quietude and uneventfulness force you into the moment every moment...

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This is indulgent filmmaking at its most pretentious.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Paint drying. Photosynthesis. Rush-hour traffic. All these activities would be more entertaining to watch -- and probably speedier -- than Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Nothing more than Jarmusch's worst film since Night on Earth.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie's main pleasure lies in the early scenes, which mix the filmmaker's familiar deadpan humor with an Antonioni-like sense of arid emptiness and conundrum.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

What a drag it is to descend from coolly blank to boringly meaningful.

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Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times

Limits becomes a study of what happens when you remove all the things people like about spy movies, things like clever plotting, suspense, sex appeal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I think my friend and fellow Flixster reviewer rthornhill said it best with his take on this film: "slow, repetitious, minimalistic..... yet strangely… More
El Hombre Invisible
The Limits Of Control is beautifully filmed, easy and difficult to grasp, and you will either love it or hate it. In other words, it's an art house movie… More
Mark Walker
Jim Jarmusch has always been a director that's very particular in his structure, his pace and his mood. Some of his films are more successful than others… More
Jake ....
I realize that everyone else apparently hates this movie, but, god, I thought it was awesome. It's incredibly stylish, trippy and artistic; absolutely… More
Michael Gildea
If there was ever a movie you could us the phrase "you'll either love it or hate it" to describe, The Limits of Control is that movie. I really… More
Nicki Marie
Not entirely sure where to start with this one! I have rated it reasonably high because I think it was a well made film, but I couldn't honestly say I… More

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