A Prophet (Un prophete) Reviews

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Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine
July 12, 2013
But with its lush Alexandre Desplat score, deeply shadowed compositions, and fluid, understated camera movement, A Prophet is distinctly an Audiard construction.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 30, 2010
This is a brutal prison crime drama that shows the transformation of a small-time criminal into a big-time crime boss.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Louis Proyect
October 6, 2010
A movie that has more in common with Jean Genet than Frantz Fanon, but there's enough insights into white colonial domination of Arab peoples to make this a cut above the standard prison melodrama. Highly recommended.
Matt Glasby
September 6, 2010
Like Goodfellas without the visual fizz, or Scarface played straight, this is, quite simply, one of the greatest prison films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
August 17, 2010
An epic-styled comment on the practical side of getting through modern life, with spirituality and loyalty playing side parts to gaining raw skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
August 11, 2010
... a riveting portrait of a prison education.
Chris Barsanti
August 9, 2010
...a journey of hard-fought survival told with an unforgettable verve and originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 5, 2010
the rarest of crime films: One that turns us inside out with concern not only for Malik's physical safety, but for the safety of his soul
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Heilman
July 8, 2010
While A Prophet might lack the ambiguity and the moral complexity to make it a classic of its genre, it is an excellent work by most standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
Jason Anderson
July 6, 2010
A taut prison drama by crime-flick specialist Jacques Audiard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 4, 2010
That rare film that tries to do too much, yet carries the heavy load of its themes with ease. Audiard dreams big, and his movie is unquestionably a classic crime film, because it transcends all of the conventions of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
June 19, 2010
Revela-se trágico justamente por refletir uma triste realidade: a de que, antes de funcionar como centro de reabilitação, o sistema penitenciário atua principalmente como uma excepcionalmente perigosa faculdade do crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 25, 2010
Un intenso, brutal y formidable relato sobre el ascenso criminal dentro de la cárcel como forma de supervivencia. Excepcional labor protagónica del casi debutante Tahar Rahim. No suele abundar cine como éste; el crimen sería perdérselo.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 26, 2010
Un prophète s'élève au même niveau que ces grands films auxquels il sera inévitablement comparé tout en parvenant à s'en dissocier pour imposer ses propres méthodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 24, 2010
Unsentimental and amoral, Jacques Audiard's A Prophet is a French gangster/prison thriller that nearly lives up to the flattery...
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 23, 2010
For the most part, this tough-minded tale maintains its distinctive edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2010
A movie that stands with the best prison thrillers from any country; a film that vividly illustrates the connection between prison and the violent, radical form of Islam that keeps much of Europe on edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Scott
April 16, 2010
Think GoodFellas, but with Gauloises and accent aigu instead of plates of spaghetti and accent Pesci.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tony Macklin
April 16, 2010
A Prophet begins as a gritty prison film and becomes an arresting gangster saga. It is a film with character, vitality, and humanity. In A Prophet we are incarcerated in a powerful work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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