A Slovakian character study of a boy ambivalently caught between worlds that ultimately squanders its promise.
| Original Score: 2/4
There are moments of wry humor, and of improbable beauty, in the dust blowing over a riverbank or even the blinking light over an emergency-room door.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[A]uthenticity of the local cast and the rare images of a shantytown Roma ghetto in mountainous Slovakia outweigh stereotypes and the imposition of a Hamlet-like story.
| Original Score: 6/10
A somber, melancholic drama with emotionally raw performances by its non-professional actors.
| Original Score: 8.26/10
You might call it an old story with higher stakes, but a keen sensitivity to its moral difficulties and enlivening details sets Gypsy urgently apart.
[It] doesn't try to counteract stereotypes of the Roma people as shiftless, thieving hustlers. But it goes a long way toward explaining the antisocial behavior.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A portrait of a denigrated people disguised as revenge tragedy, Gypsy is a window onto a way of life rarely glimpsed by outsiders.
Best are the film's tender ghostly visitations from Dad, evoked with a minimum of artiness, and the authentic, impoverished locations.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scripted by Sulik and Marek Lescak, Gypsy is direct and unfussy. The movie's stylistic simplicity places the occasional poetic moments in high relief.
The general texture of the film is constantly engaging-the way that these people, long accustomed to abuse and disadvantage, have made for themselves an accommodating and comfortable culture.
The movie is vibrant and modern, and doesn't treat Miigár as a mute, unknowable alien.
| Original Score: B+