Come and See (Idi i smotri) Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 17, 2011

Perhaps the most terrifying, nightmarish film anyone has ever made about war.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 15, 2010

An unforgettable nightmarish vision of excessive violence and cruelty.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 5, 2010

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

Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 20, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Fernando F. Croce
November 17, 2009

Or: Ivan Got His Gun

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
May 24, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 98/100
Cole Smithey
May 5, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: A+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 15, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
Top Critic
October 15, 2007

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.

Adam Nayman
October 15, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 3, 2007

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.

Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
May 6, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wally Hammond
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.

Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 14, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Goodman
New York Times
Top Critic
August 30, 2004

Scene for scene, Mr. Klimov proves a master of a sort of unreal realism that seeks to get at events terrible beyond comprehension.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sam Jordison
March 24, 2004

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.

Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today
November 5, 2002

Almost too haunts beyond the point of entertainment.

| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 2, 2001

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Come and See sounds like an invitation to a child's game. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Adrian Danks
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001

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