Leviathan Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 2, 2015
It may cause impatience with many viewers, but for others it can be a meditative and revelatory experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
December 1, 2013
No interviews or narration are needed and none is offered, leaving the audience all at sea, adrift on the strange tide of sound and vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
November 29, 2013
Leviathan is among the oddest, spookiest, most unsettling entities to make it into cinemas in 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
November 29, 2013
A wilfully opaque, if undoubtedly pioneering, documentary from British-French husband-and-wife team Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Film4
November 29, 2013
Rarely an easy watch, but a visual and sensory experience unlike any other: this is Captain Phillips meets Captain Birdseye as co-directed by God and the Devil.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 29, 2013
When we say it's like nothing else you've seen, you've really got to take our word for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 28, 2013
A radical experiment in non-fiction cinema - not seeking to enlighten or inform, but to disorientate us, practically to drown us, in a nightmare vision of the ocean's power.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 28, 2013
Leviathan, co-directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, is a stupendous sea documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 28, 2013
Not an easy watch, and something in which you must make an investment of attention - but a fascinating piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 26, 2013
After an hour it can feel like a chore. Yet the images are staggering - not least as the camera moves in and out of the ocean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
November 25, 2013
Part fishing doc, part filmmaking experiment, Paravel and Castaing-Taylor is remarkable, disorientating and unique gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
November 25, 2013
Surrender to its rhythms and you'll find poetry in its anthropological austerity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gail Tolley
The List
November 5, 2013
This is sublime, thought-provoking filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works
October 3, 2013
for those who do not carp at the absence of a narrative hook, this synaesthetic ichthyo-apocalypse is oddly angled, intimately scaled and well worth catching.
July 1, 2013
[Plunges] us into a microcosm of chaos and disharmony that reflects the frequently uneasy relationship between nature and commerce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 28, 2013
Without a speck of narration or meaningful dialogue, "Leviathan" puts you in the middle of the action, whether from human, fish, or even bird's-eye view.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 27, 2013
Leviathan is likely like nothing you've ever seen, with filmmaking methods you can barely comprehend, and it absolutely demands to be seen on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
Alert the genre police: Leviathan is the best horror film of the year.
Top Critic
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
May 24, 2013
With its repetitive images of netted and gutted sea life, the film suggests that the beast is the human hunter himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
May 22, 2013
If you get into the rhythm of Leviathan, the experience can be at turns transcendent and overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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