One of the more unusual films opening on Friday is attracting a curious number of reviews that work hard at saying, at least one literally, that it is an example of style over substances. But virtually all admire the style.
Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail: "Ruben's story may be as oddly illogical as any of his nightmares, but the animation here is a dreamy delight." (3 out of 4 stars.)
Peter Rainier, Christian Science Monitor: "If you have an eye for this sort of thing, and a passing knowledge of famous art, the film, if nothing else, will provide a fun opportunity to pick out a pageant of imagery from some of the great treasures of art history." (And, by the way, he gave the film an A-minus rating.)
April Wolfe, AV Club: "What's so grand about Ruben Brandt isn't its story or the characters, which are both abstractions. It's the animation-the detailed artwork, so dense that it warrants repeat viewings." (Also an A-minus rating.)
A.O. Scott, New York Times: "The story never fully lives up to the ideas, and the ideas themselves are fuzzy and scattered." (No specific rating, as usual.)
And, finally, the literalist:
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: "It's a triumph of style over substance. But what style!" (The irony? He rated it at a B-minus.)
Opinions. Everyone's got one.
(Note: The embed below is in Hungarian. If you don't speak the language, just enjoy the visuals — the, uh, style … so to speak.)