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Vox Lux Reviews

May 2, 2019
Beautifully directed by the former actor Brady Corbet...this is a dark and sometimes unnerving dissection of contemporary culture, and the violence and sensuality that drive it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 2, 2019
An unflinching cautionary tale on the price of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2019
Vox Lux does what good pop songs do - it shushes your doubts and quickens your pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2019
A dark star is born in this intriguing if weirdly anticlimactic and undeveloped new film from Brady Corbet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2019
But unlike many show-off stylists, [Corbet] rarely becomes monotonous, thanks to his dedication to catching the audience off-guard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 3, 2019
Vox Lux is undone by its self- righteousness...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2018
If you'll pardon another pop-writing cliché, there are plenty of killer singles here but not a full-length album.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2018
Vox Lux plays like the loveless and cynical flip side to Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2018
Through it all, Natalie Portman is a gamer, but in the case of this neon nightmare of a film, it was Game Over long before she hit the concert stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 14, 2018
Ultimately, the indulgent "Vox Lux" comes across like a puzzling leaked demo that hasn't been finessed into a cohesive song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 13, 2018
"Vox Lux" throws a lot at the wall, and while not all of it sticks, it still manages to rattle a nerve and linger long after the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 13, 2018
After a point, we're left wondering whether we're watching a character study or caricature. Either way, the portrait gradually morphs from intriguing to tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 12, 2018
Corbet has no time for conventional psychology and nuance. He's a sensationalist, primarily. But he knows how to move a camera, and while it may be thin, his movie is never less than engrossing in its strangeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2018
Portman arrives in the film like a force of nature, tearing into her role with reckless abandon. Portman is so much fun to watch behaving badly that viewers may actually root for her to self-destruct; she is that entertaining.
December 7, 2018
It's rare that a movie with such a promising first half completely falls apart in the second - when the Oscar winner shows up. Portman's performance is a big, big swing - and a huge miss.
| Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2018
"Vox Lux" sinks under the weight of its own bombastic earnestness. Unfortunately, it pulls one of the best modern actresses, Portman, down along with it.
December 7, 2018
The film yields no insights into stardom's perils that surpass, say, the recent Netflix documentary on Lady Gaga's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
December 7, 2018
The magic of the movie is exactly this: its grand ambitions, the way it reaches for the stars just as Celeste commands all her "little angels" to do.
December 7, 2018
Vox Lux is a failure, but one I can't stop thinking about.
December 7, 2018
[A] dead-on portrait of a lost soul who may never quite find herself but who makes an uneasy peace with what the world has made of her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2018
For all its fancy style and philosophical posturing, Vox Lux wears its vacuousness on its sleeve.
December 7, 2018
The film is an onslaught, sometimes silly, sometimes profound, but always riveting and emotional, and dazzlingly sure of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2018
Corbet has made an insidious little masterpiece, one that uses modern techniques and a modern visual lexicon to show you everything that's absolutely dead within modernity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 6, 2018
"Vox Lux" is an audacious story about a survivor who becomes a star, and a deeply satisfying, narratively ambitious jolt of a movie.
December 6, 2018
"Vox Lux"... never does anything with its most intriguing themes: the commodification of tragedy and the hollowness of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2018
An artful evisceration of the entertainment industry, with Portman's unhinged diva hitting a high note.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2018
A jumbled provocation whose only guiding principle seems to be the belief that if you make a point loud enough, it somehow becomes more cogent.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 5, 2018
Portman delivers a master class in appalling celebrity misbehavior... It's an arresting, boldly alienating screen performance that destabilizes the movie even as it brings it together.
December 5, 2018
In Brady Corbet's knockout second feature, Natalie Portman delivers an all-stops-out-you've-never seen-her-like-this tour de force as a swaggering rock diva who takes no prisoners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 5, 2018
A pretty, messy, unapologetic indictment on pop culture that is too on-the-nose to be taken seriously but still manages to make some actually solid points about the commercialization of the tragic celebrity.
December 5, 2018
There is wildly brutal and graphic imagery corresponding with the rising fame of Portman's pop star character. What an insufferable allegory.
November 30, 2018
Portman tips "Vox Lux" off balance. The simple act of drinking through a straw is turned into an embarrassing megaslurp. Other actors get shouted down.
November 16, 2018
Corbet tackles nothing less than the ruthless mechanics of stardom, the decline of American society, and domestic and global terrorism. But his reach exceeds his grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 14, 2018
Vox Lux comes to share Celeste's vapidity rather than reflect it, but it says a lot about Corbet's possibilities that even in the film's most frustrating moments, his daring and imagination shine through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2018
The ambition of this film impresses enough to warrant seeing it.
September 7, 2018
Corbet's work is a big, sloppy wet kiss to all manner of rise-and-fall clichés. Yet it mostly works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2018
Portman is initially hard to swallow as this Madonna-ish ego on strutting, skinny-jeaned legs but grows into the role to gradually overpower the screen with her sheer magnetism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 5, 2018
It's a film that asks, what is fame: promotion, manipulation or hero-worship? Can it really just be the end result of massive popularity? And how do we separate it from notoriety?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2018
Vox Lux combines social history with pop star psychodrama in a way that is both startling and highly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2018
Even while being anti-pop, this movie isn't anti-pleasure; its craft is sumptuous and encompassing.
September 4, 2018
Vox Lux is so grandly ambitious, so unabashedly its own experience, that it's impossible to dismiss despite its flaws. You may not want to play it on repeat, but this is a song that demands to be heard at full volume.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 4, 2018
There is an audacity and extravagance to [Portman's] work that few actresses would dare attempt, let alone be allowed to get away with.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 4, 2018
A deliciously rich treatise on toxic fame and weapons of mass seduction.
Top Critic
September 4, 2018
"Vox Lux" paints a sharp, shellacked portrait of a ghost in the celebrity machine.