Incendies Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 22, 2011
A strong film based on a weak story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 27, 2011
It's a powerful, disturbing film. May there be a day when such works seem less relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 26, 2011
Rage has no expiration date in Incendies, director Denis Villeneuve's gripping, era-jumping drama about a family melded to its war-torn past.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
May 26, 2011
A deeply resonant literary quality gives what might otherwise seem like a dubious series of coincidences a profound sense of plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 20, 2011
It is no surprise that it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 20, 2011
Villaneuve knows how to stoke a hot debate about the legacy of violence. But in this case, where there's smoke, there's not enough air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 18, 2011
The movie, engrossing as it is intentionally horrifying, is capped by a last-minute revelation that brings the story to a haunting, powerful close.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 12, 2011
If you think of Canadian films as the movie equivalent of cucumber sandwiches and chamomile tea, hold tight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 12, 2011
A mystery, a melodrama, a prison film, and a love story, "Incendies'' is foremost a scream of rage at a society destroyed by religion and by men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 12, 2011
Villeneuve's telling of her story - and of her children's - is painful, searing and something close to brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 5, 2011
Overplays its hand, piling tragedy on tragedy until we feel browbeaten with misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 29, 2011
By the end they've acquired a measure of self-knowledge at a cost dearer than they expected, which reminds us that what we think we know can be just the beginning of an existential journey.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 28, 2011
"Incendies" is no mere riff on a Greek mainstay. It is its own entity, delicate and fierce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 28, 2011
Most people do not choose their religions but have them forced upon themselves by birth, and the lesson of "Incendies" is that an accident of birth is not a reason for hatred.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 23, 2011
Azabal, a Belgian actress, has a feral, mesmerizing power.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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April 22, 2011
The storytelling in Incendies strikes me as primal the way Greek tragedy is primal. Shattering. Cathartic. It is a breathtaking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 22, 2011
Villeneuve has a sober eye and a steady hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2011
This is the film that should have won an Oscar in its foreign-language category this year and didn't.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 22, 2011
A kind name for this attitude is false moral equivalence, or perhaps post-imperial cringe. A less kind one is Western self-hatred, or an urgent plea to tolerate the intolerant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 22, 2011
Filled with striking images and the ghosts of lives lived in hardship and war, "Incendies" is tough but impactful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 21, 2011
Though "Incendies" provides an unflinching account of brutality, it also suggests that to keep such an account can be a transformative act of kindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2011
With a quiet restraint and an economy of movement in even the most brutal moments, Azabal makes the sometimes operatic extremes of Nawal's tribulations come to chilling life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 21, 2011
Incendies is a devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 21, 2011
An agonizingly well-crafted slog through a series of shocking emotional extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 21, 2011
Incendies is about as meretriciously overdetermined as art cinema, or any kind of cinema for that matter, gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 20, 2011
A staggering political drama that could put you in mind of the intimate sweep of Bernardo Bertolucci, Incendies feels like a mighty movie in our midst.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 19, 2011
Nawal's travails are more in the vein of a Latin American soap opera than Greek tragedy.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 18, 2011
The movie doesn't quite jell, but you'll feel its sting for hours.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 15, 2011
The movie is a bumpy road of twists that leads to a revelation that has the shock and force of Greek tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2011
Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 21, 2011
Incendies is a significant international step forward for a filmmaker who has already established himself as one of Quebec's most distinctive cinematic stylists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 20, 2011
All involved with Incendies are working at the top of their game, but Azabal stands first amongst equals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2010
At every film festival, there's at least one movie that slips in under the radar and ends up taking the crowds by surprise.
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J. Kelly Nestruck
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
A sensible switch from stage to screen, but lovers of the original may be disappointed
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 9, 2010
Incendies remains fundamentally didactic, particularly in its stunning final revelations.