REVIEW ROUND UP: DON’T LOOK NOW, VITA AND VIRGINIA, NEVER LOOK AWAY

New releases at the IFI on Friday July 5th 2019: Don’t Look Now, Vita and Virginia and Never Look Away.

Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind.

DON’T LOOK NOW
“A devastating portrait of grief, a master class in disjunctive editing and a haunting disquisition on the use of the color red.”
LA Times

“It’s a ghost story; it’s a meditation on time, memory and the poignancy of married love. And it’s a masterpiece.”
Guardian

“Don’t Look Now uses the occult and the inexplicable as Henry James did: to penetrate the subconscious, to materialize phantoms from the psyche.”
TIME

“This British-Italian suspenser, in which the horror gets to one almost subliminally, as in Rosemary’s Baby, is superior stuff.”
Variety

“A true classic, worth looking at not just now but long into the future”
Little White Lies

“Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film remains one of the great horror masterpieces, working not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief and apprehension.”
4/4 – Roger Ebert

VITA AND VIRGINIA
“Boasts two fine central performances and tells an extraordinary story”
Irish Independent

“A handsome production bolstered by good performances up and down the dramatis personae”
Irish Times

“This is a stranger and more intriguing film than it really has a right to be…”
Variety

NEVER LOOK AWAY
“[An] ambitious, compelling film”
5/5 – Irish Independent

“This is a film that throws a frame around history, and makes it as intimate and tender as a portrait.”
4/5 – Telegraph

“Stately rather than stealthy… but you are borne along, nonetheless, by the clash of characters, and by the ironies of historical momentum.”
New Yorker

“A treatise on love and war and the limitless reach of art that, even when it trips up, is never less than exhilarating.”
4/5 – Rolling Stone

“Admirably restrained, this is nonetheless a historical drama on an expansive canvas that, even though it runs over three hours, is always engaging.”
Hollywood Reporter


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