The Souvenir (2019) - Drama, Mystery, Romance

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A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Joanna Hogg
Stars: Neil Young, Tosin Cole
Length: 120 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 46 out of 86 found boring (53.48%)

One-line Reviews (108)

Slow paced and boring

Boring and pointless .

What a boring, dark waste of time this was.

Viewers of writer-director Joanna Hogg's semi-autobiographical feature will likely be divided into two distinct groups: those who find it to be a beautifully artistic psychological study, and those who find it to be a painfully slow watch.

Watching paint dry - ** London Film Festival 2019 .

A waste of two hours of your life.

) but the last shot reprives a repeating shot, held painfully long, that I guess was intended as chapter markings, reminiscent of the brilliant wide shots that broke up Breaking The Waves, but which seemed completely empty of any meaning, even after that final reprise.

Nothing happens.

The souvenir's pretentious nature could be forgiven if it showed a little emotion.

And "The Souvenir" is easily in my top 5 Worst Movies EVER.

A Pretentious Drawl .

I was so genuinely bored while watching this movie that I found myself checking the time on my phone constantly throughout.

Despite the natural performances from lead Swinton junior, Swinton senior, and the mad importance of the themes - it simply is a dull watch.

While the narrative of "The Souvenir" is consistent, it does not have any scene that stands out, making it long and dull.

Sometimes you just have to accept that your life IS BORING and it is NOT worth spending money to turn it to feature so you can torture innocent audience.

Frustratingly dull .

Self indulgent twaddle - avoid .

I think the following fact will help to make both of those claims clear: one of my all-time favorite movies, which I've seen and savored three times, is the 225-minute-long feminist masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, directed by Chantal Akerman with an almost all female crew, in which extremely long (like, 8+ minutes), static, nearly silent shots of a woman doing her housework over the course of 48 hours document an extremely gripping and powerfully moving statement about modern oppression.

The main criticism of this film is that its slow patches do go on for quite a bit.

It was boring clips of boring people with boring dialogue and no connections to anything.

The Souvenir is extremely boring and unlikable, just like its characters .


Joanna Hogg has directed a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating film that shows some affinities with Jacques Rivette's work.

You get the idea--even the most banal facts were obscured.

I don't want to spoil much, but there's a long, tedious, pointless scene late in the film in which the protagonist's father (or maybe her stepfather / mother's boyfriend...

Pretentious tedium .

The acting was bland, both leads felt so stoned faced and unlikable throughout the movie and the times where they did actually convey some emotion were some of the best parts to the film.

Excellent performances, but dull piece.

Julie (Honor Swinton Burke) seems to be so unaware that it gets very tedious watching her sleepwalk through this mess.

But I unfortunately found the film to be dull and lacking in personality.

Real life is far too slow and without event.

Sadly though, nothing as interesting as this happened, but you get plenty of time during long scenes where nothing happens to think up you own story lines.

2019's Most Boring Movie .

But the script was often tedious and the story seemed to drift aimlessly.

I mean, it's like this film was voluntarily done to bore the audience, to "force" them to think about the plot.

The best most entertaining part of the film is watching an NFTS Doc tutor, Dick Fontaine, on screen.

It was sooo slow and so painful to watch.

The film IS slow, and he editing causes some small confusion.

While the film's cinematography is often very good, it can also be repetitive.

If you find love and addiction fascinating watch it and enjoy.

Dull .

Overall, I was extremely disappointed in the souvenir the bland acting, colour palette, and story made this firstly the most boring film of the year as well as one of my least favourites of the year.

What a borefest

Scenes were mostly static, and the contents were very mundane.

Too long, quite pretentious, not as bad as some reviewers suggest .

I'm always wary about films with a huge discrepancy between critics and audience reactions, mostly because it typically means a film is either considered pretentious or dumb-fun.

An absolute waste of 2 hours of my time Should have left early and cut my losses.

Absolutely nothing happens in the movie aside from his death at the end, and there is nothing to emotionally latch onto or be invested in.

This ranks as the most wasted 2 hours of my life - disjointed and poorly produced, unsympathetic characters and completely unengaging.

Nothing happens (although, some reviewers kept expecting something to happen...

The film is overlong, relentlessly boring and full of the most unlikeable characters.

they really immersed me in the story.

Boring .

Self-Indulgent Garbage .

The performances were good, but the story was disjointed.

The main character is boring and has no defining personality other than being a pushover film student, and her catering to her manipulative boyfriend does not encourage any sympathy.

I can only suspect that they are called 'Watching paint dry' and 'Gazing at my navel'

Slow as mollasses .

Two more uninteresting characters could not be conjured even from the mind of a corpse.

It is absolutely mindless slow actions inside a story with a sort of a plot which could give you something and it doesn't.

As a poke in the eyes of the viewers who manage to make it to the end, the lead character is actually making an equally tedious film that we are supposed to believe is deep art.

What a dull story.

While the film certainly isn't bad, it has enough flaws to make it seem a bit empty at times.

Some thoughts: Ponderous Unbelievable characters Unbelievable plot Unbelievable relationship realisation of true events All the actors should've impro'd not just Julie.

This movie is basically a vignette of nothing happening.

If you think your life is dreary, or you're sometimes not quite sure, have pity on posterity.

Unfortunately, midway through the film it's revealed that the conflict is far more stereotypical than that, and once the true conflict is revealed, it becomes utterly predictable and completely uninteresting.

Wow so boring .

Slow and boring.

And have now seen two of the slowest, most pointless, pretentious and boring movies back to back.

Even if there was a story, it was told in a really boring way.

The female lead is written to be written to be pretentious, and apparently based on the director herself.

This movie might strike a chord with you if you yourself are bourgeois, vapid, and feel that life is generally just one big waste of idle time .

Boring meaningless for two hours .

I saw last night, it's excruciating to watch,but because it's dreadfully dull rather than because we care about the characters.

All the characters are fascinating and I found their portrayal interesting and original.

Dreadfully dull .

After we establish the initial situation, there is no story arc at all.

But it's a far more intriguing film in retrospect than it is as it's unreeling.

It was so boring and has nothing going for it.

Adding to the trouble is Burke whose Tom is as bland as kale and as common as a condo construction project in downtown Toronto.

The ending is, in fact, the very worst and most pretentious part of the film.

Don't waste your time, effort or money watching this, unless you enjoy pretentious caricatures and mock authenticity.

However, it does start to wear thin after a while, with a slow pacing that sees it drag towards its end.

dreary autobiographical exercise .

Still, the affair is usually engaging.

Just five minutes in, I already found the film very boring.

This was one of the most boring movies I have ever seen.

Nothing happens for 2 hours.

My partner enjoyed it more than me.

The main character is thoroughly uninteresting, extremely naive, and at times outright obnoxious.

This film is so mind-numbingly tedious that it certainly makes opioid addiction seem like a viable life choice.

Dull, gloomy and downright boring.

I gave it a chance After watching the first 30 min but then, I was so bored, yawning every minute I think.

And there is literally NO plot.

No sympathetic characters, no story as such, no linear narrative and nothing happens for most of the film.

I won't watch it again, but I recommend that the bored and confused give it some reconsideration.

It'll bore you to death, that coming from a guy who loves slow burn films.

It is just a horribly boring experience of artificial characters because of bad acting and terrible scenario.

The movie tries to give you a taste of the everyday life of a young woman in film school who is juggling her work and older boyfriend who happens to be an addict, however it is unbearably dreary and dull.

I was bored to tears and didn't like either of the leads at all.

It made the movie feel very dull and I can't understand why the movie almost never had bgm.

Maybe a bit too long but definitely worth watching.

Dull uninteresting people do not make a good film.

Fascinating in places, self-indulgent too .

Pretentious and deeply boring .

Are we supposed to think that these are pretentious blowhards making art despite having nothing to say?

There were also a number of pointless scenes that felt extremely frustrating because they would explore these encounters in favour of the more emotional and gripping scenes of the film.