Reviews

Jul 4, 2022
The pleasure of Apples lies in being able to savor the sheen of a deceptively simple story and then bite into the delicious puzzle Christos Nikou has planted inside.
Jul 1, 2022
What this surreal microcosm ends up conveying about the human experience extends past the frame and into viewers’ hearts and minds.
Jul 1, 2022
It all sounds bizarre on paper. But Apples, the first feature from the director and co-writer Christos Nikou, unfolds with an understated deadpan wit that makes even its weirder touches seem plausible, even logical.
Jul 1, 2022
Nice enough, but lightweight fable threatens to float away.
Jul 1, 2022
This is a gentle film—quiet and observant—and instead of existential dread, it arrives at more reassuring answers than you might expect.
Jun 29, 2022
“Apples” subtly delivers a complex existential journey with deep meaning.
Jun 28, 2022
[Christos Nikou] has pulled off a neat little trick: He’s told a story that, for reasons that are more easily felt than explained, is hard to shake off.
Jun 25, 2022
I thought this was interesting, [but] it is very, very low-key. Not exactly a crowdpleaser, but it keeps its length down.
Jun 25, 2022
There's a melancholy restraint to it, along with a surrealism that is so bizarre that you can't help but laugh.
Jun 24, 2022
Nikou blends subtle comedy and tragedy to create a quietly moving cinematic experience.
Jun 24, 2022
This allegory of disease is an evocative and provocative idea, but by distancing the audience from its characters, the film falls regrettably short.
Jun 24, 2022
Apples digs into the despairing idea that the only curse worse than forgetting might be remembering.
Jun 23, 2022
Even if one considers “Apples” part of the so-called Greek Weird Wave, such a subtly thoughtful and soothing approach to probe at existential concerns, rather than being predictably cynical or violent, makes it stand out.
Jun 23, 2022
Mr. Nikou exhibits both a colorful imagination and a deft hand as a director. His is a name to be remembered.
Jun 23, 2022
A dystopian drama of amnesia and new identities, Christos Nikou’s directorial debut, APPLES, is the latest selection in the Greek Weird Wave.
Jun 23, 2022
An effective portrait of ambiguity accompanied by a stellar lead performance, Apples' contemplative nature hides nuanced questions about modern age.
Jun 23, 2022
I have not had a movie make me think more of the human condition and mind in a long time. I do not know what happened to the man, but I do believe I know what happened to him. That, to me, is a sign of good filmmaking
Jun 23, 2022
A compelling central performance keeps one invested even if it is the only acting exhibition designed to be noticeable. The final results may find the whole less than the sum of its parts, but there is an alluring interrogation here all the same.
Jun 23, 2022
Apples is a metaphorical banquet that provides plenty to chew on, but little in terms of actual sustenance. Visually, however, it’s a fairly filling feast.
Jun 23, 2022
The movie never manages to hit above a dim emotional pitch, and a final-act awakening lands with a shrug.