In addition to presenting a parable about the collapse of society, Amirpour's film is also a kind of postmodern Adam-and-Eve story.
While Amirpour has put a lot of effort into creating sweeping desert photography and detailed thrift-store set dressing, those are ultimately just ornaments on a sparse narrative tree.
Amirpour ... delivers this imaginative tale as a simplistic allegory of the haves and the have-nots; she ruefully delights in the wasteland's postindustrial wreckage while leaving characters' thoughts and motives blank.
No matter how strange or confusing the story gets, details and humor ground the narrative, with the blanks filled in by a simple guiding premise about the importance of human connection and artistic expression.
Running close to two hours, the movie is overlong and not without draggy patches, but it's sustained enough to keep you watching.
Though there's much to savor in the pic's lavishly distressed visuals and soundscape, its narrative feels increasingly stretched and desultory.
Feels less like a coherent film and more like a pastiche.
Angelica Jade Basti�n
A film with neither engaging emotional threads nor the kind of panache that makes such cinematic mayhem worth it.
It's a trippy, sun-scorched apocalyptic horror film with a rom-com finish that gets as bloody, visceral and cannibalistic as its U.S. R rating will allow.