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Come and See (Idi i smotri) Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 15, 2007
Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today

Almost too chilling....it haunts beyond the point of entertainment.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 5, 2002
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 5, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Or: Ivan Got His Gun

Full Review Source: CinePassion

November 17, 2009
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 3, 2007
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

May 5, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 2, 2001
Sam Jordison
Film4

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 24, 2004
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 87/100

January 20, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unforgettable nightmarish vision of excessive violence and cruelty.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

September 15, 2010
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 15, 2007
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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 Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 98/100

May 24, 2009
Walter Goodman
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 30, 2004
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY

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 Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 5/5

October 15, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

August 17, 2011
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Come and See sounds like an invitation to a child's game. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

June 14, 2005
Ron Wells
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

May 6, 2006
Adrian Danks
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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