Twentynine Palms
Twentynine Palms (2004)

David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave L.A. to explore the desert terrain in search of a natural set for a magazine photo-shoot. The attractive couple finds a motel at 29 Palms, and subsequently spends… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 9, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A muddled and inconsequential drama.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's alternately monotonous, hot and dramatic, which makes for a peculiar, not entirely unsatisfying atmosphere of neo -- or is that post? -- noir.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Mutterings and short clipped dialogues in ellipses may convey reality but are hard on a movie audience.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle


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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

[Dumont] forces viewers to question not only what's on the screen, but ultimately, the very nature of reality.

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Emanuel Levy

The French picture aims to titillate and shock with its graphic sex and violence, but ultimately it's monotonous and pretentious.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

In Twentynine Palms, writer and director Bruno Dumont takes his cultural revenge on the United States, attacking countless American stereotypes and in the process reinforcing an equal number of cliches about arrogant French auteurs.

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Lisa Nesselson

[Brown Bunny] sports the narrative complexity of War and Peace compared with Twentynine Palms.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

A movie full of surfaces but with exasperatingly little to say

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In Bruno Dumont's "Twentynine Palms", Dave is a photographer scouting locations in the California desert along with his… More
Dimitris Springer
Provocative but not relentless.I remote myself in a vast plain,mingled with the sky's peacefulness.I wouldn't wish though to have such temper aside of… More