A Prophet (Un prophete) Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 25, 2010
The stuffed plot of this blue-hued prison drama spins out of control, and the director's 'world as it is, as it plays out,' complicates itself too much.
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
February 23, 2010
The film is deficient in form and content-not naturalistic so much as neutered, less revisionist than rote.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
January 22, 2010
Some of the story-telling is muddled, and no attempt is made to imbue the proceedings with any kind of morality. We are presumably meant to admire the leading man's opportunism, resilience and ability to cast off and reassume his Muslim identity at will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Armond White
New York Press
February 24, 2010
Audiard's fancy camera and music mannerisms are as trashy and superfluous as a Michael Mann movie: using "Mack the Knife" as a theme doesn't match Brecht but reveals Audiard's essential lack of interest in Malik's culture.
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
February 10, 2010
A Prophet is an extremely gripping and exciting film. The scenes leading up to moments of violence are incredibly tense and even through we know what is about to happen, the violence in this film is genuinely shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
January 22, 2010
It's incredible. It's gritty and powerful and ludicrously affecting. It's full of complex characters and profound little arty sequences. It makes almost every other prison drama look like The Escapist.
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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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
March 11, 2010
Gritty, accomplished take on the genre, but falls into rote patterns that are only slightly disrupted by a brief foray into the supernatural.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 26, 2010
A prison film telling it straight
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Undoubtedly one of the finest films of the last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2010
A huge, sprawling meal of a film that feels like a new classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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
Lucy Barrick
Radio Times
January 22, 2010
An unforgettable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 22, 2010
This is an edge-of-seat masterclass in filmmaking techniques.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gail Tolley
The Skinny
January 22, 2010
At two and a half hours you might expect the film to drag, but Audiard keeps the pace, ensuring that the film is nothing short of riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 4, 2010
The newcomer Rahim is an enigma. What is he thinking? I believe that's the quality Audiard wants. He's a newly poured man, and when the mold sets, it happens inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 4, 2010
A Prophet is as gripping as any recent film about crime and criminals, although its ill-focused attempts to incorporate elements of the supernatural (prophetic visions and ghostly apparitions) are bizarre and ineffective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 19, 2010
Audiard never overplays the new experiences facing Malik, be they violent or touching. Yet his tender regard for our complicated hero shines through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 4, 2010
A Prophet pushes its protagonist into circumstances he did not choose but in which he watches and learns and kills and eventually becomes all he can be, albeit criminally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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