360 (Meirelles, 2011)

Since his audacious gangster film debut City of God made him an instant art house sensation in 2002, director Fernando Meirelles has tackled one heavy subject after another in what has felt like a desperate attempt to be taken seriously as an artist. In turn, Meirelles’s films have been defined by a troubling self-seriousness that has only gotten worse with time, including to some extent his mostly riveting drama The Constant Gardener. This strain of pretentiousness finally reaches critical mass in the director’s latest multi-character drama 360, a meandering “serious” mosaic that tries to make sense of the world’s many social ills by flooding the frame with pedantic assertions and overt symbolism about human nature.

– Full Review for Critic Speak