In clumsier hands it would be easy to get lost amid the expanding thicket of narrative twists.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Bonsai seems like a veritable thicket of illuminating references and correspondences. A kind of poetry sprouts up even in some of the inevitable sad-twee flourishes.
Benjamin Mercer - Village Voice
One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.
Robert Koehler - Variety
This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
A youthful, melancholy film that draws on literature and writing for its inspiration.
Deborah Young - Hollywood Reporter
Scenes of breezy intimacy mix well with deadpan comic moments, and Noguera's face is that rare male visage that seems boyishly opaque but over time suggests deep reserves of melancholy.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
It flows along placidly, heated only occasionally by a bit of sex or disco dancing.
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
A melancholy story of romance and regret with moments of drollery and sweetness along the way.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
Bonsai illustrates the unbearable lightness of loneliness in a quiet, delicate manner.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A creative film from Chile about love, books and bonsai.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Cristian Jimenez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love.
Diego Costa - Slant Magazine
It tries to examine the contradictions of recasting a flawed reality through fiction-a significant notion that the film's precious structure and borderline indie-quirkfest vibe often dilute to their own detriment.
David Fear - Time Out
Attractive cinematography shot in warm colours and neat, often comedic, composition.
Gail Tolley - The List
Like a bonsai, Julio is a stunted developer, and this film is a bit of a miniature curio but also pleasantly odd, funny and warm.
A rather tiresome film in which headcase collides with bookcase.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
A laid back, ludic literary romance (of sorts) that sets past against present and story against story.
Anton Bitel - Film4
Jimenez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort.
The quiet understatement of the work bears endless reflection.
Emma Paterson - Little White Lies
It's a brave irony that a film besotted with the pages of Proust is built around a character who couldn't be more of a closed book.
Guy Lodge - Time Out
intriguing because of its Escheresque style of storytelling, but its intellectual appeal fails to reach the heart
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Jimenez either doubts his audience's ability to figure things out on their lonesome or his own ability to subtly convey them - maybe both.
Michael Nordine - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Cristian Jimenez likes quirkiness and his enthusiasm for it, evidenced in his first film Optical Illusions and again here, goes a good way to convincing you to take the ride.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film