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Faust

Faust (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 10

It strays from the source, but whatever it might lack in fidelity, Aleksandr Sokurov's lengthy, ambitious Faust more than makes up in fresh energy and ideas.

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

It strays from the source, but whatever it might lack in fidelity, Aleksandr Sokurov's lengthy, ambitious Faust more than makes up in fresh energy and ideas.

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Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and

Jun 24, 2014

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (10)

A grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece ...

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind - and perhaps to blow it - long after it's over.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Faust's worldview may be esoteric, but its vision is lucid.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Settle in, because this requires your charity, but you'll dream it all back up the next night.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The film has the lingering feel of being dry-hump-assaulted by an unwashed psychotic.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Aleksandr Sokurov's German-language adaptation of Faust is dense with hard-to-forget imagery, but impenetrable for much of its runtime.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Maintains a certain mesmerizing power and a surreal beauty that sticks with you despite making you gag at times at its self-indulgence and impenetrability.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...even if not all of Sokurov's meaning is clear, it is fascinating to wander through this world steeped in morbid corporeality and radiant innocence. The effect is often like being inside the paintings of Bosch and Bruegel...

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Much of the dialogue is scatological humor that's leadenly unfunny, like a professor reading out loud from "Tristam Shandy."

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

Darren Aronoskfy, president of the Venice Film Festival in 2011, stated that Faust...is a film you cannot forget once you've seen it. In a way, he's right, though this writer still doubts whether the memory you are left with is a fond one.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

I can't be content to burble about the surface effects of Faust, or use the Silly Putty method of critical exegesis to twist it into a justifiable shape. Instead I have to say: Faust is shameful.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Sokurov's Faust is a work of crushing tedium, relieved only by the spare moments of beauty that pop out like dandelions in a washed-out landscape of oppression and grotesquerie.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Though its ballast of jokes and spectacle are formidable, it often lurches about at a remote, enigmatic distance.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Undeniably the work of a master.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

This is an overlong "Faust" that may displease purists but still offers plenty to admire.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

This (loose) adaptation of Goethe's Faust contains murder, demonic mentors and existential crises. Unfortunately, all of these ingredients add up to a film that is as dull and leaden as a rock.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

There are occasional images that remain in the mind, but the film adds up to little within itself or as part of a tetralogy.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Faust

A medieval doctor who's bored with life sells his soul to a Moneylender in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman. A fairly surreal and occasionally confusing version of Goethe's classic, Aleksandr Sokurov's adaptation is rewarding, but not intended for literary novices.
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