The Twentieth Century

critic Reviews

, 95% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A silly, surreal treat for fans of absurd comedy, The Twentieth Century takes a sideways -- and often deliriously entertaining -- look at Canadian history.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    "The Twentieth Century" lacks the demented, all-encompassing artistic vision of a Maddin movie... but it's a welcome diversion and Rankin's send-up of Great White North Great-Man pieties is at times inexplicably hilarious.
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    Matt FagerholmRogerEbert.com
    At a time when normalcy has routinely backflipped into a pool of insanity, The Twentieth Century makes perfectly perverse sense.
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    David EhrlichindieWire
    These performances and several others resonate against Dany Boivin's sets like echoes, and that cohesiveness allows "The Twentieth Century" to achieve a degree of centrifugal force that holds your attention even after your eyes glaze over.
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    Charles BramescoAV Club
    Rankin has given a rare, precious gift to fringe-trawlers starved for the next worthy cult film, its sick salaciousness supported by substance.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    [O]ne of the more vivid and amusing excursions in a year marked by unclassifiable realities and the need for diverting art.
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    Nicolas RapoldNew York Times
    An exuberant feat of visual design, it's meticulously weird and full of rambunctious humor.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    The Twentieth Century is not a satire that makes any meaningful political statements about Canada. However, it does have enough oddball unpredictability, sly metaphors, and eye-catching visuals that make it hard to look away.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    It's an exercise in absurdity, played and looking like the melodramatic real deal.
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    Alexander MillerFilm Inquiry
    The Twentieth Century proves that contemporary cinema still has an appetite for sweeping portions of unparalleled imagination and humor.
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    Fiona UnderhillJumpCut Online
    It is so rare these days for a wildly experimental art film to come along, it's truly one-of-a-kind and manages to be hugely funny and entertaining to boot. I would love more films to have even ten per cent of the ingenuity and imagination on display here
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