Ulysses' Gaze
Ulysses' Gaze (1997)

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this drama centers on the Balkan conflict as viewed through the eyes of a filmmaker named A (Harvey Keitel). Director Theo Angelopoulos wrote the screenplay, drawing from personal… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Magisterially filmed, this movie demands at almost every instant to be regarded as a masterpiece, though for me it's too full of itself and its own virtue. Still, I can't deny it's an experience worth having.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This grim travelogue through a landscape of despair lacks internal power. It feels labored and portentous.

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Douglas Pratt

If you looked up in a reference book why most people hate foreign films you would probably see pictures of Ulysses’ Gaze staring back at you.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Constructed from long elegant takes, and moving fluidly between naturalism and tableaux-like theatricality, it's a mesmerising work of arresting beauty and impressive emotional power.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What arrogance and self-importance this film reveals.

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Moira Sullivan

This ambitious film fails to compel. Too many closeups of disposed Lenin statues.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

The overall effect is genuinely entrancing, with a sense of tragic inevitability that gives meaning to the film's maddeningly attenuated rhythms.

TV Guide

Modernist stylization has its place in narrative film, but in this case less would have meant much more.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Angelopoulos' film is lyrically evocative but painfully self-important.

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