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  • clairebiddles

    ★★½

    man, if only the whole thing had been as strong as the first 20 mins: as stylised and claustrophobic as schrader has ever been, a midpoint between the stage sets of mishima and the card counter’s hellmouth torture scenes. the SLA members as 2D renderings against a bright white backdrop in the doorway of patty’s cell, an astonishing transformation of sound to visual — we see an approximation of what blindfolded patty hears, faceless voices and the white heat of the…

  • Aidan Noell

    ★★

    It took an hour and fifteen minutes for me to realize Patty is played by the hot British mom from the iconic 1998 film The Parent Trap

  • Drenched

    ★★★★

    This was great and if Schrader would have sawed off the 20 epilogue, this would be a perfect movie. Ving Rhames is intense.

  • Mary

    ★★★

    natasha richardson's american accent? Hot. the music slapped as well

  • Quiller

    ★★★½

    The story of Patricia Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army surely ranks among the most bizarre in 20th-century American history. Why did the granddaughter of media mogul William Randolph Hearst join the ragtag group of “urban guerrillas” who kidnapped her? Was she coerced or brainwashed? Was she playacting in order to survive? Was it the result of a blend of Stockholm Syndrome and teenaged rebellion? Was she enamored with the media attention? Director Paul Schrader, who sometimes demonstrates a mastery…

  • Howling Man

    ★★★

    Ving Rhames can call me Tonya anyday...

  • georgetomacini

    ★★★★★

    Paul Schrader's best movie, imo, and Natasha Richardson's performance is one of the best of the past forty years in an American movie. Wildly underrated, totally absorbing. Don't know if i loved the score but everything else was A+

  • Nick Tyczkowski

    ★★★★

    *First minute*: huh, Schrader doing a college film. Should be interesting.

    *Couple minutes later*: Yep, this is a Paul Schrader film.

    Natasha Richardson my god.

  • Dalton Johnson

    ★★★

    Great work here from the late Natasha Richardson and found the use of the blinding white light strewn throughout the opening half hour to be extremely disorienting and effective.

  • Kit Fox

    ★★★★½

    Hadn’t seen this’un in a while and it’s still a bonkers banger. Always loved how the first bank they knock off in SF is on Balboa street, not too terribly far from where I went to middle school, and in the background you can see the marquee for the Balboa Theater where they’re playing The Conversation. Thaz a nice touch🤌🤌🤌Schrader’ s a looney-ass genius and I wonder where he stayed when they were filming in SF—DM me if you know. William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, and Frances Fisher shine super bright in this too.

  • Adam Ball

    Love the first half with its Mishima life of the mind style from a blindfolded woman in a closet; the imagery swirling and detached. Later the blindfold comes off but by that point Patty Hearst became the sui generis of Stockholm syndrome. Technically we never leave the house / HQ of the SLA but that doesn't mean Paul Schrader's camera necessarily stays there. Even when it does he keeps it cinematic -like Oliver Stone and the radio station in that…

  • Cameron Wayne Johnson

    And here George C. Scott's character was worried about his daughter ruining the family reputation. ...Frankly, I don't think the Hearst name enjoys a great reputation with the likes of Paul Schrader anyways, but this biopic still seemed like a natural progression for someone who claimed fame on girls being psychologically abused into counterculture fervor. By 1974, Natasha Richardson's Patricia "Patty" Hearst is practically at the center of mainstream culture as the granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, oblivious…