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Incendies Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Although "Incendies" shows very little violence, the burden of knowing what's taking place off-screen is just as difficult for the audience to stomach.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 10, 2013
Rewarding, but ridiculously stingy in handing out simple details -- relationships, geographical settings, etc. -- vital to our grasp of what's going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
October 4, 2012
Watching Incendies is a long, hard, and emotionally draining experience but one that richly rewards the time and effort invested.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
August 11, 2011
Every time the film begins to feel more like a history lesson than a drama, it explodes into action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 4, 2011
It's a raw and brutal look at the unending strife in the region, but it's also an unforgettable mystery that keeps the audience riveted through one surprising plot turn after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 24, 2011
...an intense and shattering experience, a nearly great film about promises and kinship and the secret, cruel lives our parents lived before we knew them
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 22, 2011
A story of hope amid the ruins -- one that everybody can appreciate, no matter their politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
July 10, 2011
Enthralling and very disturbing.
Sophie Ivan
Film4
June 29, 2011
A beautifully filmed and movingly performed drama which explores how personal motives breed political radicalism, Incendies is occasionally - but not fatally - stymied by its clever-clever narrative contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Clarke
Sight and Sound
June 28, 2011
Incendies acquires its heft from some very deep places -- Greek tragedy rather than newsflashes.
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
June 26, 2011
Incendies is muscular, emotional film-making of the highest order, self-confident in its delivery yet always respectful of its characters' plight.
Robbie Collin
News of the World
June 25, 2011
Normally I'm against decent original stories being dumbed down and squashed into bog-standard thriller shapes. But Incendies is in dire need of some dumbing down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 25, 2011
Of the four 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominees that I've seen, Canada's Incendies ranks as the only one remotely worthy of the prize.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
June 24, 2011
It isn't easy to open out a well-respected stage play without losing a lot of its bite and subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
June 24, 2011
Denis Villeneuve's tormented family drama strips off one layer of meaning after another on its way to a thoroughly jolting terminus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
June 23, 2011
Absorbing throughout, Incendies has the feel of a Greek tragedy until a conclusion that stretches credibility to breaking point.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
June 23, 2011
The movie never feels long, partly because of Azabal's terrific performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 23, 2011
It is not really believable, and yet if it is not taken literally, but as a cinematic prose-poem, it has undoubted force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 23, 2011
Incendies is in essence a family drama, astonishingly intense but impressively poised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
June 23, 2011
Elemental and expertly directed, Nawal's story haunts long after the credits have rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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