Visitors (2014)

Thirty years after "Koyaanisqatsi," Godfrey Reggio-with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane-once again leapfrogs over earthbound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 24, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While director Godfrey Reggio's filmmaking style has lost some of its initial thrill, Visitors finds him returning to his familiar milieu with customary Úlan.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

With only 74 slowly unfolding shots, it's closer to gallery installation than conventional cinema, but for audiences open to the experience, it's inexplicably compelling.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The "oh, come off it" art movie of 2014.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

While that unknowing used to invigorate me to scour resources and get to the heart of the art itself, I now merely shrug as I move on to the next new thing.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Non-narrative films can be opaque in deep ways. Visitors slips into pseudo-profundity. That said, I'd see it again.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Reggio has talked about his movies as attempts to bypass the intellect, a "visceral form of cinema" that's "aimed at your solar plexus." But you may experience "Visitors" as more of a sedative than a punch in the guts.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a slow moving film, but it does have a few abrupt cuts. There are some striking images in this film. This is mainly for contemplative people who have patience, and for fans of Godfrey Reggio's films.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

We get the point, and have gotten it since 1982. And aestheticizing it in this way doesn't make the message any more convincing or urgent.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

"Visitors" restores a sense of monumentality to a medium that has seemed so diminished by recent technological and commercial imperatives ...

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Dustin Putman

Entrancing, reminding of a thought-provoking media art exhibit exemplifying the antithesis of Hollywood moviemaking.

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Kevin M. Williams
Although, as one reviewer has noted, the film is more installation than movie, it does have some mesmerizing quality that keeps one engaged longer than one… More
Greg S
Shots of faces, followed by shots of buildings, then more faces, and sometimes hands or landscapes, all set to a rich minimalist score by Philip Glass. Now, in… More