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Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The chance to see Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest... should not be passed up; it is an enterprise of great pith and moment in the history of cinema.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 5, 2013
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Bresson's cinematographic tour de force is still incredibly impressive and affecting.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

March 5, 2013
Jamie Graham
Total Film

This sublime picture is directed by Robert Bresson, who painstakingly crafts his signature visuals -- stark, forceful and rigorous in their attention to detail -- to bring a striking luminosity to the bleak events.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

March 5, 2013
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

Diary is less a movie about the necessity of faith than what it means to be cut down in the midst of youthful idealism and intransigence, before life offers wisdom.

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

March 5, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film like Diary of a Country Priest gathers its strength as it continues. There's always the sense that Bresson knows exactly where he's going and the simplest way to get there.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 5, 2013
Josh Larsen

...about the unexpected - and little understood - intermingling of the earthly and the divine.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 4/4

February 6, 2012
Laura Clifford
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Writer/director Robert Bresson adapts his first Georges Bernanos novel (the second, 1967's "Mouchette," plays almost like a mirror image) for his moving paean to spirituality and grace achieved despite great obstacles.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A

January 6, 2012
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The film leaves me with a sad, empty feeling inside so I guess Robert Bresson did his job.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

January 6, 2012
Doug Cummings
L.A. Weekly
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Bresson's third feature and in many ways his first major work.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 5, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A film that words fail.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 21, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The word 'sublime' has often been used to describe this Robert Bresson masterpiece, a slow-paced film of great purity that portrays the pain and occasional joy of the religious life.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 26, 2011
Armond White
New York Press

Bresson exemplified 20th-century ecumenical intelligence that is much out of fashion today, yet remains singular and powerful.

Full Review Source: New York Press

February 23, 2011
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

Bresson sees spiritual disorder as a disease, not unlike the stomach cancer we suspect is-and is ultimately confirmed to be-plaguing our titular character.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 23, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The full scope of the film's brilliance hits you with the force of a knockout punch.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

February 23, 2011
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The movie is experiential: The priest's suffering is not to be explained but lived.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 22, 2011
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Its rare glimpses of the French countryside are stark and striking, suggesting that any man who would truly pursue holiness will walk hard roads through desolate lands.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: 8.5/10

May 19, 2010
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a flawless piece of work

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 4/4

August 20, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

can be viewed as the closest thing to a genuine religious experience in film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A+

March 25, 2006
Tom Milne
Time Out
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Watching this spiritual odyssey is almost a religious experience in itself, but one which has nothing to do with faith or dogma, everything to do with Bresson's unique ability to exteriorise an interior world.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 5/5

July 17, 2005

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