• R, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Denis Villeneuve
    In Theaters:
    Apr 22, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 13, 2011
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Incendies
    2 minutes 7 seconds
    Added: Jan 7, 2011

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Incendies Reviews

David Jenkins
Time Out
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A strong film based on a weak story.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's a powerful, disturbing film. May there be a day when such works seem less relevant.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

May 27, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

May 26, 2011
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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A deeply resonant literary quality gives what might otherwise seem like a dubious series of coincidences a profound sense of plausibility.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It is no surprise that it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

May 20, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 18, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If you think of Canadian films as the movie equivalent of cucumber sandwiches and chamomile tea, hold tight.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 12, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 12, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Villeneuve's telling of her story - and of her children's - is painful, searing and something close to brilliant.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 12, 2011
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Overplays its hand, piling tragedy on tragedy until we feel browbeaten with misery.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 29, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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"Incendies" is no mere riff on a Greek mainstay. It is its own entity, delicate and fierce.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

April 28, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 28, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Azabal, a Belgian actress, has a feral, mesmerizing power.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

April 23, 2011
Bob Mondello
NPR
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The storytelling in Incendies strikes me as primal the way Greek tragedy is primal. Shattering. Cathartic. It is a breathtaking film.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 10/10

April 22, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Villeneuve has a sober eye and a steady hand.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 22, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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This is the film that should have won an Oscar in its foreign-language category this year and didn't.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 22, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Filled with striking images and the ghosts of lives lived in hardship and war, "Incendies" is tough but impactful.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

April 22, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 21, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 21, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Incendies is a devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 21, 2011
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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An agonizingly well-crafted slog through a series of shocking emotional extremes.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

April 21, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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Incendies is about as meretriciously overdetermined as art cinema, or any kind of cinema for that matter, gets.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

April 21, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

April 20, 2011
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Nawal's travails are more in the vein of a Latin American soap opera than Greek tragedy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 19, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie doesn't quite jell, but you'll feel its sting for hours.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 18, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie is a bumpy road of twists that leads to a revelation that has the shock and force of Greek tragedy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

April 15, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 7, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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All involved with Incendies are working at the top of their game, but Azabal stands first amongst equals.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/4

January 20, 2011
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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At every film festival, there's at least one movie that slips in under the radar and ends up taking the crowds by surprise.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 16, 2010
J. Kelly Nestruck
Globe and Mail
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A sensible switch from stage to screen, but lovers of the original may be disappointed

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2010
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Incendies remains fundamentally didactic, particularly in its stunning final revelations.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 9, 2010
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