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The Blazing World Reviews

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June 6, 2021
A disarmingly charmless and amateurish series of indie genre check-boxes dressed up as something desperate to be described as "like Alice in Wonderland on acid."
July 28, 2021
Young's film is a theme park of self-indulgence that forgoes characters and narratives in favour of gratuitous fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 15, 2021
Overstuffed and overextended, The Blazing World is buoyed by the soundtrack (especially the songs by Isom Innis and Sean Cimino in their project Peel), and the too brief appearance by the wonderful Soko.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 1, 2021
[T]he surrealism doesn't feel subversive or even too inventive. It just feels like a put-on, one that doesn't understand its heroine's mental state.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 27, 2021
The Blazing World takes the concept of grief as an ongoing nightmare and jumbles it up in an incoherent horror movie. The cinematography is impressive, but the movie ultimately over-indulges in a lot of nonsense.
February 3, 2021
Young's technical skills as a director can't overcome the gaping hole at the center of her narrative where there should be a story.
February 1, 2021
The Blazing World is beautifully designed piece of work, with an admirable level of ambition behind its story. However, the filmmaking is so insistent and overstated that it jars one out of the mood of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 8, 2021
It's always frustrating when a film with a lot of potential only functions at 50%, as is the case with The Blazing World... The film's hour and a half feels like an elongated short film. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 1, 2021
You would think any movie that casts the iconic Udo Kier as an enigmatic dream guide who munches on fireflies would at least be interesting, but no.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
February 3, 2021
There's a virtue buried underneath the overwhelming artificiality, excessive cosmetic, and narrative laziness in young Texan director Carlson Young's debut: conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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February 3, 2021
"The Blazing World" throws an ornate heap of production design at an anemically scripted psychological metaphor, and counts on a combination of fairy dust and sheer determined nerve to make the whole contraption fly.
October 18, 2021
The Blazing World falls short narratively and visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 31, 2021
The Blazing World wants to be Alice in Wonderland on ayahuasca, yet its stronger elements - especially acting and cinematography - are routinely hamstrung by pedestrian storytelling and wonky visual effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 1, 2021
A messy and often incoherent narrative that takes forever to finally get started, throws in plenty of stylistic fireworks that don't quite disguise the thinness of the story, and then just comes to an abrupt and unsatisfying ending.
October 18, 2021
The Blazing World may be visually stunning, but otherwise it quickly burns out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 15, 2021
Trying to balance campy with clever, it flashes abundant visual flair yet stumbles in realizing its narrative ambitions.
October 14, 2021
It's an admirably imaginative piece, although the narrative's ... predictable trickery ultimately get the better of its visual elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 4, 2021
It would be great to see her put her artistic focus on a straight, non-fantasy horror movie. She just needs to come up with the plot and the characters first.
October 14, 2021
There's plenty of imagination on display in The Blazing World, but it's buried amidst the narrative and stylistic self-indulgence that assumes we'll be interested in going on this very strange and ultimately enervating journey.
October 22, 2021
Resourceful and accomplished in its way, the film nonetheless feels like an affectedly angsty, juvenile princess fantasy that thinks it's Persona. Young demonstrated chutzpah...but next time I hope her talents focus on something less self-indulgent.
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