Robert Fisk’s review published on Letterboxd:
I have no complaints on a technical level- the score, cinematography and performances are great, and the dance sequences are astounding. I loved the first 45 minutes. Unfortunately, I HATED the last half. It seems to me that the violence only served to provoke and shock. While Noè was likely attempting social commentary (racial and sexual tension, toxic masculinity, unrequited homosexual desire etc.), none of these themes registered on an emotional level. The film set up some interesting ideas, before descending into chaos.
It works on a purely sensory and technical level, but is undercut by a lack of substance and excessive violence. I'm glad people like it though! There's nothing wrong with a film aiming only to work as an entirely unique and shocking sensory experience, in fact to some degree it's worth praising. Certainly not for me though.