‘Noah’: Roundup of the flood of reviews

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Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" opens today

Critics applaud the effort, even if they don't think it entirely works

One calls the film one of the most ambitious he has seen

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Is it “Titanic” for the faithful?

“Noah,” starring Russell Crowe and directed by Darren Aronofsky, opened in theaters today, and the critics have plenty to say about the epic. For the most part, it appears the critics appreciate the efforts of both Crowe and Aronofsky – who is best known for controversial films such as “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan” – even if they don’t think the pair quite pull it off.

Jordan Hoffman of Screen Crush says, “This film’s inscrutable oddness – and the willingness to take chances – brought me to a place that could not have predicted. During the film’s third act I had no idea how this movie was going to end. Seriously. Even more exciting, once the credits rolled, I had to spend some time to work out how I felt. In fact, I’m still thinking about it.”

“Dark” is how Nathan Adams of Film School Rejects describes the big-budget flick. “There’s a tension that runs through the whole film about who you should be rooting for, or if it’s even possible to root for anyone in this situation,” he writes. “Noah goes to such dark places over the course of the movie that it’s impossible to keep relating to him as a protagonist (sometimes to the point of comedy, intentional or otherwise), and it becomes necessary for the narrative to switch its viewpoint from character to character.”