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Slack Bay (Ma loute) Reviews

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March 13, 2020
Watching Slack Bay is like listening to a stranger's overlong joke.
July 6, 2017
While the trajectory of Dumont's career remains interesting in how stark the shift in his style has become, this baffling oddity marks something of an embarrassing low-point.
May 16, 2016
An extremely uneven film and Bruno Dumont never really manages to control his material, so the film is all over the place and ends up being disappointing. [Full review in Spanish]
May 19, 2016
The cartoonish characters may seem endearing at first, but their idiosyncrasies soon become tiresome and all humor is lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 23, 2017
A film that possesses the ability to make time feel as though it is standing still, and fails to raise a single laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 13, 2016
Cruelty here can feel pretty cheap, perhaps a result of Bruno Dumont not knowing how to effectively command comedy yet.
April 19, 2017
Slack Bay is nothing if not anti-authoritarian, and while its anarchic energy is appealing in small doses, it becomes tiresome when it turns toward cruelty.
June 18, 2017
The film looks and feels like a dreary day at the beach, with bleached lighting and too-long takes that do nothing to temper the relentlessly silly burlesque farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 16, 2016
After two hours, the joke wears thin very quickly. [Full review in spanish]
May 13, 2016
The most important innovation, and also this film's greatest weakness, is its focus on an upper-class family played by well-known actors.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 13, 2016
Though the farce is occasionally funny, it's as bloated and windy as its comedy policeman Inspector Machin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2016
It's full of surreal invention, and gorgeously shot, but you get the sense that Dumont, by letting his top-rank French cast go way OTT, traps himself in a vein of French comedy that's an acquired taste at best.
June 14, 2017
European films used to get away with Slack Bay's brand of sustained absurdism, but today somehow that unrelieved silliness grates on the ear as well as the eye.
June 14, 2017
"Slack Bay" is devoid of any emotional satisfaction, and laughs come few and far between, perhaps because the humor is so French-centric.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 19, 2017
A rather diabolically unfunny catastrophe.
June 15, 2017
Long, repetitive and not especially funny Slack Bay looks fantastic but is more of a chore than a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 27, 2017
For all the talk of Dumont's rebirth, Slack Bay is of a piece with a larger oeuvre that feels at once grandly uncompromised and absent of any passionate belief to compromise ...
June 19, 2017
Bruno Dumont's latest is set in 1910 and gives us a belle époque mixture of nonsense comedy and deeper weirdness. On the former score, it's fairly excruciating... In the artier moments, however, there are startling flourishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 10, 2017
You might call it Cannibal Holocaust meets Jacques Tati, though really most descriptions don't get to grips with Slack Bay, a period crime caper with outré performances and bizarre humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 22, 2016
The film tries to do a lot of things at the same time (which is commendable), but it fails on doing any of those things properly (which is lamentable). [Full review in Portuguese.]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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