Beyond The Hills Reviews

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
A subtle, heartbreaking film that rewards the patient viewer.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Endlessly compelling and thought-provoking throughout its entire running time, even when it plunges the darkest, bleakest depths of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Mungiu seems to want more than just an allegory of self-incriminating religiosity.
Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
Beyond The Hills is a frighteningly precise, gut-wrenching piece of cinema that shows a degree of formal assuredness that left me genuinely awestruck.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
August 11, 2013
Mungiu has crafted an alarming and engaging real-life horror story, based on a 2005 case of exorcism.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 3, 2013
Mungiu immerses us in the time and place to prepare us for this extraordinary story
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 3, 2013
While it may be overlong at 150 minutes, Beyond The Hills is mesmerising cinema, made all the more watchable by the colour-stripped setting, creating an ambience in line with the essence of the t
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
May 31, 2013
Like Cristian Mungiu's previous efforts, Beyond the Hills is an impressive piece of dramatic work that bravely addresses the bigger blank spots on the human canvas. And like his previous efforts, Beyond the Hills is practically impossible to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
You'd swear Mungiu has inherited the spirit of Ingmar Bergman. All that's missing is the stark black-and-white photography.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 30, 2013
Beyond the Hills' undercurrents prove more interesting than its storyline or characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 26, 2013
Strikingly shot and punishingly long ...
Full Review | Original Score: 88
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 15, 2013
(Writer-director Christian) Mungiu balances his film's more disturbing content with peaceful shots of the idyllic, surrounding countryside and of intimacy between the two women while slowly building to an inevitable conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
April 9, 2013
When the ill and unstable Alina returns to the monastery, just so she can be with her beloved, Beyond the Hills becomes a species of those exorcism movies that audiences gorge on, only done with a realism and ambiguity usually missing from the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
April 5, 2013
What makes this movie unique is that it holds literally everyone in the film accountable for the unfortunate goings on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 4, 2013
It's an exorcism movie for everyone who thought, after Mungiu's gruelling abortion buddy-movie 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, that this guy should do an exorcism movie
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 4, 2013
The final shot, with windshield wipers struggling to clean away a torrent of muddy water, suggests that no human agency is great enough to handle this world's misery.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 4, 2013
"Beyond the Hills" seethes with astonishment and rage at a broken society marooned between the 21st century and the 16th.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 4, 2013
It is a haunting movie, dealing with superstitions, possession, even exorcism, one in which Mungiu poses no easy answers, because there are none to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2013
It's an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 4, 2013
Mungui's rigorous approach to filmmaking isn't a ton of fun to watch, but his ideas stick with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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