A youth (Henry Hopper) who talks to ghosts falls in love with a dying teen (Mia Wasikowska) and encourages her to live to the fullest whatever time she has left.
" Grizzly Man is a haunting and fascinating portrait of so much that is worth exploring: the implacability of nature, the hubris of human endeavor and the line between supreme dedication and madness. "
" Restless is consciously lovely in the face of death. How rare. "
" Van Sant salts the film with moments of macabre humor, but never goes beyond the bounds of good taste. His directorial touch is restrained. "
" The film is morbid and mawkish, and packed with enough forced whimsy to make you scream. "
" "Twee" doesn't begin to describe this set-up, and it doesn't suit Gus Van Sant, or any director for that matter. "
" Gus Van Sant doesn't make bad movies. "
" An uncommonly touching romance about a young man and woman who essentially worship at the shrines of their own deaths. "
" [A] moody, tiresomely whimsical tale. "
" If anyone other than Gus Van Sant had directed Restless, the film could have well been impossible to sit through. "
" Not this era's "Love Story," despite its most ingratiating efforts to find meaning, laughter and romance by way of a too-young protagonist battling cancer. "
" Is the title meant as a joke? A torpidly precious love story about death-obsessed adolescents, the film's becalmed and embalmed in its own sensitive self-pity. "
" Van Sant lays on the whimsy with a trowel; Wasikowska's quirky thrift-store wardrobe and twinkling performance are enough to trigger migraines. "
" This low-budget movie takes its time filling in the backgrounds of its characters. That works for a while, but when it's over you may wonder if that's all there is. "
" Unlike Van Sant's grittier, less sentimental recent small films, it's twee enough to make your teeth ache. It's the director's biggest miscalculation since "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" 18 years ago. "
" This overly twee, morbidly cute romance initially digs up the ageless "Harold and Maude" as a touchstone before it slips the coils of watchability. "
" All surface, no thought and quite horribly empty. "
" If you haven't seen a wasting disease in real life, you might think "Restless" is romantic. If you have, you might diagnose it as terminally cute. "
" In its episodic bits of quirk and whimsy, and its romantic morbidity, it's a project that smacks of film school - you can practically follow the cookie crumbs of Wes Anderson and Harold and Maude and the French New Wave. "
" The film errs on the side of formula even as it carries the sheen and delicacy of something handmade. "
" A film that is often as insipid as one of Nicholas Sparks's commercial melodramas. "
" "Restless" is far more precious than profound. But that takes little away from this soulful teenage exploration of love, life and death. "
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