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Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985)



Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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A rare look at World War II from the Soviet side, Come and See is based on the real-life experiences of Ales Adamovich, who fought with Russian partisans in Belarus in 1943, when the Nazis systematically torched over 600 villages and slaughtered their inhabitants. Adamovich and director Elem Klimov co-authored the screenplay, which shows the horrors through the eyes of a 13-year-old peasant boy named Florya (Alexei Kravchenko). Over his single mother's protests, he joins the partisans, but they


Art House & International, Drama

Elem Klimov, Ales Adamovich

Oct 23, 2001

Kino International

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (1) | DVD (7)

I suppose that never forgetting has its place, but not when it insists on such narrowly righteous fantasies of revenge.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (8)
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Come and See, the last and most notable film made by the former Soviet director Elem Klimov, is another fusion of popular and vanguard styles, albeit put to more civic-minded use.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Scene for scene, Mr. Klimov proves a master of a sort of unreal realism that seeks to get at events terrible beyond comprehension.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Come and See sounds like an invitation to a child's game. Nothing could be further from the truth.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Perhaps the most terrifying, nightmarish film anyone has ever made about war.

August 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An unforgettable nightmarish vision of excessive violence and cruelty.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Every scene drives home its point, plainly, that man's inhumanity to man is incurable.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

a helluva journey, told with with brutal bluntness and numbing, unflinching realism.

January 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Or: Ivan Got His Gun

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

One of the greatest films ever made, Elem Klimov's anti-war masterpiece is ironically named, as those with weak stomachs may want to steer clear.

May 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Stalingrad-born Elem Klimov's "Come and See" is a undiluted expression of cinematic poetry in the service of an unspeakably turbulent anti-war narrative about the 628 Byelorussian Villages burnt to the ground along with their inhabitants by the Nazis duri

May 5, 2009 Full Review Source:

A highly charged, emotionally exhausting indictment of war and the inhumanity of the Nazis, set in Byelorussia during the 1943 Nazi invasion.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

In Klimov's unshakable vision, death is casual, safety is impossible and beauty is backwards: this is peerlessly gorgeous filmmaking about absolute ugliness.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Occupying territory somewhere between Ivan's Childhood and Fateless, Come And See is an intimate epic in which all the promise of adolescence is perverted by war.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A relentless masterpiece, and a brilliant study of the cause and effect nature of brutality.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This Soviet-era Russian film displays the horrors of World War II in a manner that makes The Deer Hunter look like The Green Berets.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This is a real horror film -- it's painful to watch and there's no escape through thinking it's only a movie -- and it's correspondingly impressive.

March 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Film4

Almost too haunts beyond the point of entertainment.

November 5, 2002
Greater Milwaukee Today

Come and See succeeds through its use of nightmarish un-reality -- how we might see these events not through a documentary objectivity, but through an uncomprehending gaze of horror.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Come and See (Idi i smotri)

Come and see is a nightmarish odyssey through the horrors of War seen through the eyes of a young naive boy from a small village. It is horrific, it is beautiful and it is one of the greatest (anti) War films ever made. The terror and then the anger displayed in young Aleksey Kravchenko's face haunts long after the film is over. I think people may have the wrong idea of this film, I know I did. It is not an exploitation film made to get a reaction, it is an honest and powerful film about the atrocities of war that everyone should see, hence the name maybe, come and see!
February 26, 2013

Super Reviewer

A rare jewel from cinema history, a painful and unforgettable film, a classic by Elem Klimov; Come and See (Idi i Smotri) is a picture that everybody must see.
April 21, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

It's another war film about the victims, but shot with a lot of style, as if it was an operatic nightmare. While the movie starts exploring the character of Florya. the entire second half is nazis killing russians, with a revenge fantasy playing at the end. As a war film it is a crude and direct portrayal of the atrocities of war, but it leaves not much room for anything else, including it's characters.
December 8, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

I don't recall ever seeing a more powerful anti-war film. The transformation of Florya (Aleksei Kravchenko) from an innocent boy into a battle-hardened soldier is something that must be witnessed in order to be fully appreciated.
November 17, 2011
Randy Tippy

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