Insignificance (1985)

Using four famous but unnamed individuals to symbolize a notorious era in American politics, as well as to explore the nature of despair, director Nicolas Roeg has created an intriguing drama. Based on a play by Terry Johnson, the story… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 2, 1985
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2011
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Milne
Sight & Sound

[Insignificance] rolls along gathering momentum like some enigmatic ball, seemingly going nowhere yet arriving everywhere as it explodes in a shower of illumination.

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Josť Teodoro
Cinema Scope

... it's calculated misdirection with little in the way of greater purpose.

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Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

None of its characters have any sort of inner life and their motivations are simply to fulfill the goals of the screenplay.

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Adam Nayman
The Ringer

A true oddity even by the filmmaker's standards, it's a minor masterpiece of American counter-mythology, with the most comically apocalyptic finale since Dr. Strangelove.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

an intriguing, but ultimately slight "what if" fantasy

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

This audacious hypothetical is at once funny and dramatic, sometimes a little lopsided but always interesting

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's more of an acting and writing tour de force than a statement on sports, politics, sex symbols or relativity.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Reflects Roeg's views of the absurdity of American history and our compulsion to destroy beauty. [Blu-ray]

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

A weird meditation on sex, power, knowledge and fame for those who enjoy exotic fare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Lewis C.
I really liked some parts of Insignificance, but there's a forced art house aspect to it that just seems unnecessary and weakens the movie.
Alec Barniskis
I'm still trying to work out what it all means, but its possible that there isn't a coherent central theme here, other than placing a few of the… More
Steven Carrier
I found Nicolas Roeg's "Insignificance" to be extremely interesting. It's an experience that I will need more time to pin down, but… More
Chris Browning
A Deep and meditative feature that captures your mind with it's complexity and your eyes with the vivid imagery. Recommended!
Robert Brogan
Insignificance is an interesting and talky film: part comical, part intellectual, just a bit tragic. It has some upfront symbolism, which may add value if you… More