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Rolling Stone (5/23/02, p.78) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...[Waits'] throatis...pure theater, a wapon of pictorial emphasis and raw honesty....ALICE is...macabre in its details of destructive lust. But there are flickers of hope, too..."Spin (6/02, p.109) - 7 out of 10 - "...Worth its weight almost solely for 'I'm Still Here', one of those unbearably tender moments that Waits seems to pull out of his greasy head like a tick..."Q (May 2002, p.114) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...ALICE is described by Waits as an album of 'opiate songs'...oddly sideways lyrics and [an] often meditative vibe make it a strangely gorgeous and graceful work..."Alternative Press (7/02, p.96) - 9 out of 10 - "...[ALICE] has gained a reputation as Waits' "lost masterpiece." That claim proves well deserved..."Magnet (6-7/02, p.111) - "...Hovering around slower tempos...the weary pump organ and piano limp along while Waits' voice takes on the obsessive growl of a neurotic, jilted loser..."CMJ (5/20/02, p.6) - "...Brooding and jazzy..."Mojo (Publisher) (5/02, p.94) - "...Unhealthy obsession has rarely been this beautiful....skewed and drowsy, with wonky percussion and soft, smudged, narcotic strings...vaporous, layered, beautifully evocative..."NME (Magazine) (5/18/02, p.35) - 8 out of 10 - "...A shimmering, mournful gem..."117.0863

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Q (10/92, p.101) - 3 Stars - Good - "...encapsulates his worldview..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Here we see the skid row poet and the spot-lit entertainer take flight while a band of seedy outcasts look on. Tom Waits had arrived."94.16265

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Q (10/92, p.101) - 3 Stars - Good - "...mindful that he was getting stuck in a retro groove, Waits switched from piano to electric guitar for much of BLUE VALENTINE....years of nicotine and alcohol abuse were taking their toll nicely on his voice..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "These are songs torn from a `blind and broken heart', from the tear-stained title track to the ill-fated tryst in `Red Shoes By The Drugstore'..."93.66903

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Q (10/92, p.101) - 3 Stars - Good - "..a straightforward start to Waits' career.."Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he beatnik flourishes of `Virginia Avenue,' the exquisite `Martha' and the devastating instrumental coda all hint at the Broadway-meets-barfly blend of his next releases."93.66903

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Q (10/92, p.101) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Sad, delirious, soused and bedraggled by turns...tapped into a timeless wellspring of emotion, illuminating situations you never realized you'd experienced..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.91) - Ranked #57 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...Tom Waits at his rosiest....The best part about FRANKS is that it [is] no rock record. It's truly a musical with Waits' avant, freakish touch, including the hitting of some off-color notes and Victrola-like warbles to add a touch of dementia to the mix..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t has genius flashes of dustbowl sadness and swaying valediction..."82.24835

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Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #21 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey (November 1989).Q (10/92, p.101) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...[Waits has] thrust spiky tendrils out to the hidden corners of the continent and sucked their influences into his own bourbon-soaked worldview..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.77) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "RAIN DOGS is ambitious and immensely satisfying. All human life is indeed here..."NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #21 in NME's list of the `50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.'NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #70 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'81.9604

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Q (10/92, p.101) - 3 Stars - Good - "..has a noirish soundtrack feel.."Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he poetic lyricism of `Potter's Field' is backed by orchestral arrangements by jazz heavyweight Bob Alcivar..."81.9604

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Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #21 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey (November 1989).Q (10/92, p.101) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...[Waits has] thrust spiky tendrils out to the hidden corners of the continent and sucked their influences into his own bourbon-soaked worldview..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.77) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "RAIN DOGS is ambitious and immensely satisfying. All human life is indeed here..."NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #21 in NME's list of the `50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.'NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #70 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'81.9604

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is Waits at his early, freewheeling best, spinning surreal hash-brown picaresques out of marginal bar-room lives."70.25177

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is Waits at his early, freewheeling best, spinning surreal hash-brown picaresques out of marginal bar-room lives."70.25177

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Q (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's a bolder choice of material....Her playing has loosened up too..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Krall is darkly exhilarating in the raucous Mose Allison opener 'Stop This World,' then coolly compelling in Tom Waits' 'Temptation'..."0.7124797

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Q (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's a bolder choice of material....Her playing has loosened up too..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Krall is darkly exhilarating in the raucous Mose Allison opener 'Stop This World,' then coolly compelling in Tom Waits' 'Temptation'..."0.7124797

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Q (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's a bolder choice of material....Her playing has loosened up too..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Krall is darkly exhilarating in the raucous Mose Allison opener 'Stop This World,' then coolly compelling in Tom Waits' 'Temptation'..."0.7124797

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Entertainment Weekly (8/7/98, p.79) - "...this 61-year-old Italian jazz-pop singer captures the atmosphere of smoky, lonely bars, tapping the sort of bleary-eyed romanticism well known to fans of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Jacques Brel..." - Rating: A-0.4936204

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Entertainment Weekly (2/16/01, p.99) - "...Tyrell swings elegantly, offering a fresh take on 17 classic gems..." - Rating: A-Down Beat (12/00, p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...[He] delivers Tony Bennett heartiness, Jack Sheldon mashed-potatoes wit, Tom Waits gravel and Frank Sinatra phrasing, all with an intriguing measure of warmth and expansiveness..."0.4113504

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Rolling Stone (3/10/94, p.64) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Waits' work has grown consistently stronger, more ambitious and less self-conscious...."Spin (1/94, p.74) - Highly Recommended - "...Tom Waits has suddenly emerged to become the hardest-working epiglottis in show business....nothing like a pinch of hobo logic to spice up a successful marriage of high opera and low fidelity..."Entertainment Weekly (11/12/93, p.64) - "...[THE BLACK RIDER] showcases [Tom Wait's] penchant for disturbing mood music and grotesque sentiment..." - Rating: BQ (12/93, p.116) - 3 Stars - Good - "...[BLACK RIDER] is eclectic, bleak, funny, plain barmy in places and, at a couple of exquisite moments, as touching as anything Tom Waits has recorded..."Melody Maker (11/13/93, p.32) - "...Roll up for ringside seats and prepare to be amazed, astounded and bedevilled. For this ringmaster has no living equal...."Stereo Review (3/94, p.98) - Performance: Harrowing / Recording: Good - "...Waits mines instrumental sounds like the pipeline to the netherworld itself...his vocals sound drawn across broken glass and rusty nails, and filtered through bubbling blood...."NME (Magazine) (11/13/93, p.29) - 8 - Excellent - "...with records as challenging, tuneful and blackly comic as THE BLACK RIDER, Tom Waits threatens to come as close as anyone since Brecht to piecing together a cross-cultural jigsaw that doesn't fall apart..."0.4113504

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Entertainment Weekly (8/18/95, p.56) - "...What's consistently effective is the minimal soundscape crafted by producer Craig Street..." - Rating: BQ (10/95, pp.113-114) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a rum idea--a whole album of Tom Waits songs...the rough textures cleverly softened..."NME (Magazine) (10/7/95, p.49) - 7 (out of 10) - "...a minimalist KD Lang....most effective on the Shirelles-esque sass of `Jersey Girl' and the scary `I Don't Wanna Grow Up'--where the Waits original was a rude kid rant, here it's an introverted suicidal lullaby..."0.3290803

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Rolling Stone (8/21/03, p.73) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Producer Steve Albini serves up a stark, stately sound that's sometimes punctuated by hurricanes of strings and percussion. What gives the album life, though, is Nastasia's airy, intimate voice..."Uncut (6/03, p.128) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Spare, beautiful, outstanding..."CMJ (6/2/03, p.6) - "...Nastasia is the tender voice that coos across the same bumpy desert terrain that Tom Waits and Devendra Banhart amble over so noisily..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...These eight sparse songs each have a novel embedded deep within..."0.3290803

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Q (11/03, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...He has steadily evolved a unique signature, increasingly foregrounding jazz and Tom Waits-like, vaudevillian influences..."Uncut (11/03, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Big melodies, soothing rhythms and some neat jazz jerks: Tiny Voices makes a quiet noise that's worth investigating..."Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...TINY VOICES finds him forging a new strain of the genre: dreamy, weathered and deceptively romantic....This is the album of his remarkable career..."0.3290803

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Rolling Stone (No. 968, p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[Here Crooked Fingers smooth] out their mix of Tom Waits grime and sweet heartland folk..."Spin (p.92) - "[S]turdier and more complex, a blend only a true lifer could pull off." - Grade: B+Uncut (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he piano-led 'Twilight Creeps' is one of the most affecting things Bachmann's ever done."Alternative Press (p.122) - 4 out of 5 - "[E]ngaging..."0.3290803

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Spin (p.125) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Part Tom Waits meets Isis, part Coldplay as performed by a robot orchestra, the results are fairly stunning."Alternative Press (p.166) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]ogether FIRE and WATER form one of the most breathtaking albums of the year."Alternative Press (p.128) - Included in Alternative Press's '10 Essential Albums Of 2007' -- "[A]n album that's alternately more sophisticated and ethereal than anything they've done before."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.50) - "FIRE is suitably bombastic and features some of the heaviest material of their career, but it is the audacious WATER where they truly excel."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.71) - Ranked #14 in Kerrang's "The Top 20 Albums Of 2007" -- "[O]ne of the most respected bands working today."0.2879452

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Rolling Stone (2/18/99, p.62) - "...serves up an anthology of hipster tastes--noir jazz, spoken word, blues, Cajun, New Orleans R&B....The playing is uniformly fiery and committed; the lyrics, ironic and humorous..."Entertainment Weekly (2/12/99, p.82) - "...Perhaps the weirdest good album you'll spin this year, COOL (featuring Tom Waits) is a brazen synthesis of musical Americana--a junk shop of tuneful treasures." - Rating: B+Q (4/99, p.107) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...savage blues, heavy duty guitars banging against bloodied washboard, sidestepping to New Orleans dirge-jazz and Cajun hopping..."CMJ (3/1/99, p.32) - "...on EXTREMELY COOL....Weiss's gravelly voice and wild musical mood swings-from boogie-woogie to honky-tonk to dirty blues-make this comeback album one that can be spun repeatedly without fear of boredom."Mojo (Publisher) (4/99, p.108) - "...rooted in a rich mulch of jazz and blues and booze and poetry, it ranges from Beefheartian electric country-blues...to hip jazz poetry jazz jive...and various points between....extremely cool..."0.2468102

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Rolling Stone (4/12/01, p.142) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A splendidly untraditional traditional-blues album....sounding like a worthy companion to Bob Dylan's TIME OUT OF MIND....The 2 new Tom Waits songs are knockouts..."Q (5/01, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A genuine revelation...Hammond savors every last low-life syllable of every spiked boho-spiel with top-dollar back-up....A rambunctious joy from beginning to end..."CMJ (3/12/01, p.28) - "...Hammond doesn't try to reinvent Waits' mule-boned wheel onthese 13 tunes, slathering on some extra greas licks here and there, but largely honoring the style of the originals performances..."JazzTimes (5/01, pp.117-8) - "...A potent brew and a great synthesis of 2 unique artists..."No Depression (5-6/01, p.123) - "...This veteran blues revivalist has a strong, vibrant tenor that gives these melodies a clarity and warmth Waits could never have produced..."Mojo (Publisher) (4/01, p.114) - "...The arrangememts have all the care-worn beauty you'd expect and, vocally, Hammond's classy singlemalt proves just as satisfying as Waits' rough-assed moonshine..."0.2468102

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Rolling Stone (3/4/04, p.62) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] triumph of the low-key, at once easygoing and poignant....[FEELS LIKE HOME] extends the COME AWAY WITH ME template while never echoing the earlier songs."Spin (4/04, p.93) - "[A] better record than COME AWAY....She covers Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt beautifully, does some cozy originals, and is brave enough to pen lyrics to a Duke Ellington theme..." - Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly (2/13/04, p.70) - "[The] understated changes are good news; the vibe is more early Bonnie Raitt than early Sarah Vaughan." - Rating: BQ (3/04, p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[F]ar from rehashing her debut, he's made an older and wiser sequel, where the quiet magic of each song gets stronger with every listen."Uncut (3/04, p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[I]ts class is positively aristocratic."aMojo (Publisher) (3/04, p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Just a girl singer/pianist and her Handsome Band dallying around a low-key hybrid of country, folk, pop and jazz, doing their beautiful thing."0.2468102

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Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.151) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Sounding like the work of a high-pitched Tom Waits, Banhart's second album is full of alternately fragile and quirky folk songs..."Q (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[E]ven more mesmeric and deep into Nick Drake territory: intense and slightly damaged, especially on the stark love songs..."Uncut (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 - "REJOICING...feels like the work of a man in the midst of a prodigious creative spurt."Uncut (p.74) - Ranked #26 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[A] mystical trip into an eerie neverland of joyful bohemian blues."Magnet (p.87) - "With his trembling tenor, Banhart continues to traverse the surreal, telling the tales of laughing lemon trees, milky suns and dancing teeth....It's a mesmerizing journey through the dark heart of Brooklyn's lost boy."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Banhart wraps his songs in a gorgeously quavering warble that seems lifted right off some blues mama's dusty 78. A nearly flawless left-field folk."0.2468102

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Rolling Stone (3/4/04, p.62) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] triumph of the low-key, at once easygoing and poignant....[FEELS LIKE HOME] extends the COME AWAY WITH ME template while never echoing the earlier songs."Spin (4/04, p.93) - "[A] better record than COME AWAY....She covers Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt beautifully, does some cozy originals, and is brave enough to pen lyrics to a Duke Ellington theme..." - Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly (2/13/04, p.70) - "[The] understated changes are good news; the vibe is more early Bonnie Raitt than early Sarah Vaughan." - Rating: BQ (3/04, p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[F]ar from rehashing her debut, he's made an older and wiser sequel, where the quiet magic of each song gets stronger with every listen."Uncut (3/04, p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[I]ts class is positively aristocratic."aMojo (Publisher) (3/04, p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Just a girl singer/pianist and her Handsome Band dallying around a low-key hybrid of country, folk, pop and jazz, doing their beautiful thing."0.2468102

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Rolling Stone (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Even the ballads bristle with force. As these thirteen songs rattle and rumble along, it's easy to miss their depth, their incisive mapping of the places where love, obsession and anger intersect."Rolling Stone (p.142) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "Costello's best full-on rock album since BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE..."Uncut (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is a strong and lusty country-punk album placing him in Tom Waits or Neil Young territory....He hasn't sounded this energized for years."Uncut (p.76) - Ranked #34 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "A strong country influence with lots of steel guitar..."CMJ (p.5) - "[I]t's done right....Elvis welcomes guest Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams to add the heartbreak you can only get from male/female vocal interplay."Mojo (Publisher) (p.62) - Ranked #41 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "A fun Costello album? You're looking at it."Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 5 stars out of 5 - "So: songs terrific, band sensational, and - big plus - Costello's voice late-developing way beyond that pinched whine into an instrument of substance and character."0.2056752

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Rolling Stone (11/28/02, p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A children's-music album that shouldn't make hipster parents puke..."0.1816482

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Rolling Stone (10/29/92, p.69) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...It's a song older than Waits himself--older than Hank Williams, older than Robert Johnson--that Waits is chasing...Albums this rich with spiritual longing prove the validity of that effort..."Spin (12/92, p.68) - Ranked #13 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of The Year' - "...leaves you breathless in amazement that anyone could be this friggin' weird and cool...a shining collection of tunes..."Spin (11/92, p.115) - Highly Recommended - "...Waits keeps getting weirder--and better--proving that you can live life in sinful disgrace and come out somehow purer in the end..."Entertainment Weekly (9/17/92, p.65) - "...You never know when you're going to be shocked, thrilled, or just plain unnerved by some startling image or sound...As modern songwriters go, [Waits] is one of the few who does matter..." - Rating: A+Q (10/92, p.100) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a formidable talent who is surely the true heir to Captain Beefheart...in an era when even the fringes of cultural enterprise are becoming increasingly dominated by market pandering, his is the bravest of stances..."Alternative Press (12/92, p.75) - "...the apocalyptic howl which is Waits' strongest calling card positively bowls you over..."Dirty Linen (Apr/May 93, p.75) - "...a musical sideshow; not one full of bogus wonders, but rather, applicable sounds and images. It doesn't have to be all popsicles and icicles, you know. And Tom Waits remains oh-so valid..."Option (Nov.-Dec./92, p.151) - "...his best album ever....Waits--poignant, brilliant, and original--is beyond all comparisons..."Melody Maker (9/12/92, p.45) - "...Waits doesn't prettify, he just simplifies, as the best storytellers must...shows his roots in the spirituals of black American slaves, gospel, Leadbelly's blues and the Depression folk of Woody Guthrie...weird and wonderful..."Musician (10/92, p.99) - "...one of the most singular-sounding albums to come along in some time...BONE MACHINE should be counted among [Waits's] best efforts--deeply weird, aggressively sardonic and, at its greasy core, painfully humane..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #9 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.Stereo Review (1/93, p.88) - "...BONE MACHINE is minimalist music from hell, played on the bones of sinners and sung through the rusty, ravaged, and perhaps even channeled voice of the devil, who shovels coal through Waits's dreams..."Audio Magazine (1/93, p.150) - "...the folk music of the post-apocalypse...his most chilling and darkly humorous album to date..."0.1645401

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"[A]n intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet."Hollywood Reporter "A lean, stark, surprisingly effective headliner in Hollywood's ongoing apoc-a-pala-looza."Los Angeles Times "An attractively grizzled Denzel Washington plays the enigmatic Eli, a true believer with quasi-mystical fighting skills..."USA Today 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Directing team The Hughes Brothers have chosen ELI as their first film in nearly a decade and though it certainly delivers all the fireworks you might come to expect from their earlier work, its religious undertones separate it from the pack..."Box Office "The Hughes brothers have a vivid way with imagery here, as in their earlier films....The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it."Chicago Sun-Times "One of the clever conceits of the script by first-time Gary Whitta is that there are only a handful of people still alive who remember how things were 'before'..."Variety "[A]n intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet."Hollywood Reporter "[Washington] beautifully inhabits the film's titular hero, a laconic, solitary gunslinger who's also a custodian of a mysterious tome..."Washington Post "THE BOOK OF ELI takes the form of an ultra-violent graphic novel, with Washington as a steely Man With No Name type who cuts a righteous path through the gullets of sinners and savages." -- Grade: BA.V. Club "[A]mong films about material scarcity, religion and power, it compares favourably with THERE WILL BE BLOOD."Sight and Sound "The real draw is the spaghetti western homages, Tom Waits bartering goods and hand grenades being 10-pin bowled under trucks."Total Film0.1645401

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Q (12/01, p.166) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Wait's most romantic material..."Uncut (12/01, p.122) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "...A fine starting point for a long, strange trip..."0.2813576

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