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Critic Reviews for Rialto
The end result is suffocating and dislocating. That was almost certainly the intention.
Peter Mackie Burns's painful, unhappy drama packs a hard punch; you must steel yourself for the emotional blows.
Peter Mackie Burns realises that an elliptical cut can be just as powerful as a fistfight or shouting match, and an ambiguous final shot more satisfying than a pat conclusion.
"Rialto" builds an intimate portrait of masculine crisis, illuminated by two extraordinary central performances, but stops just short of converting all that insight into truly powerful cinema.
This story of real-life misery could play out in many different ways but few would go in the specific direction of Peter Mackie Burns' Rialto, or would tell the story quite as delicately.
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