Onlookers

critic Reviews

, 67% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Glenn KennyRogerEbert.com
    I myself got enough out of “Onlookers” that I don’t ultimately feel it belongs in the “For Avant-Garde Documentary Lovers” category exclusively.
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    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    This is a concept in search of a movie, and an academic exercise that doesn’t give observers much to work with.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    The result is an intriguing if curiously neutral essay from which you can draw your own conclusions…or none at all.
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    Christopher Llewellyn ReedFilm Festival Today
    It’s people-watching, but with a twist: they could just as easily swap places with us, extending the conceit and turning our mundane lives into spectacle, too. Reality is endlessly cinematic.
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    Christopher CampbellNonfics
    Takes voyeurism to a new level.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    Meditative, immersive and poetic.
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    Zachary GoldkindIn Review Online
    With everything here pitched as a signifier of the exact same thing, and the signified remaining woefully ignorant to the introduced contexts, Onlookers is a tired echo of polemics long abstracted into the institutionalized nether.


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    C.J. PrinceThe Film Stage
    There’s plenty going on within Takesue’s latest film––all looked at with a sense of curiosity and bemusement––but in the end there’s very little to take away.
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    Benjamin FranzFilm Threat
    Natural light, loads of wild sound, and the environment of Laos are presented plainly with zero artifices or embellishments. If you're looking for a new kind of travel film, this is for you.
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