Hadewijch Reviews

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Alex Zane
Sun Online
February 16, 2012
As the credits rolled I was both bamboozled and disappointed. I suspect you will be too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Antosca
Film Threat
October 22, 2009
I didn't like the movie enough to wonder about it too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 28, 2009
Ultimately seems just as calculated and mechanical a pose as Dumont's previous efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 13, 2010
Dumont suppresses any information that could bring any of his stick-figure characters to life; he seems to be offering lessons about fanaticism, wealth, power, poverty, and politics, but is merely drawing connections by numbers.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
October 8, 2009
For a film about the brimming over of one girl's emotional fervour, it does surprisingly little to elicit a 'gut response' from the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 20, 2012
You either go with Dumont's arrogant series of conundrums and paradoxes or - as I do - you see them as mere meaningless 'effects' with little rhyme and no reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
February 16, 2012
Though Dumont sets a painstakingly slow pace, CÚline's story feels maddeningly incomplete, and vague both in theological and psychological terms
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
February 16, 2012
The film never takes us in far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
December 19, 2010
Religious obsession meets raging teen hormones and an irrepressible desire for a date with the deity. And not always with dramatic clarity, while decidedly on the pathological when not celibate kooky erotic side.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 21, 2010
With Hadewijch, [Dumont] endorses something like the Dardenne brothers' rugged, squalid secular humanism, offering the barrier-breaking embrace as vague alternative to Despair, Church, or Capital.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
February 17, 2012
Challenging, thought provoking and extraordinarily powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 9, 2009
An austere and powerful French film about the dangers of religious zealotry and the mysteries of divine grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
October 12, 2009
Lucid and startling
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 31, 2010
Dumont, as if trying to make sure nobody wants to see his movie, named it after a female Flemish poet from the 13th century, but - please read the rest of this sentence - the movie is set in modern times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
September 12, 2008
Dumont's patient, suggestive approach transcends mere provocation: this is a film about absence with some real weight to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 15, 2012
Hadewijch is a thoughtful piece of raw, austere filmmaking, catering specifically for those interested in serious and adventurous cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 19, 2012
Dumont's elliptical movie is as stiff as an over-starched wimple and rather tedious, but like earlier films of his it has something that sticks in the mind like the hook in a fish's mouth.
Tom Dawson
Total Film
February 6, 2012
The opaque Sokolowski is a real discovery, and this mysterious film builds to its climactic act of salvation...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 24, 2010
Should delight Dumont's fans. For others, it will take a bit of getting used to. The effort will prove to be worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 24, 2010

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