Lore Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Remarkable. Raw, disorienting and it never bothers to tell you what it can instead show.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Cate Shortland infuses a fresh perspective and a haunting moral quandary to the WWII genre, bringing a little seen part of human history to chilling life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2014
Rosendahl puts the onslaught of horror and absurdity in poignant perspective with her limpid depiction of her character's growing resourcefulness and awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2014
Lore, from Australian director Cate Shortland, proceeds like a long-ago fairy tale, dark-hued, grounded in real-life 20th-century horrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Clarke
Sight and Sound
January 1, 2014
Lore is a akin to a bourgeois German version of Elem Klimov's 1985 Belarus-set Come and See, and it has some outstanding features. The star turn is the lurking cinematography of Adam Arkapaw.
Frank Hatherley
Screen International
January 1, 2014
The deep-feeling Rosendahl makes a major impression as an intelligent girl learning the power of her sexuality and resolve under maximum stress.
Daniel Walber
Film School Rejects
January 1, 2014
Shortland may not leave us with certainty, but in the context of so bloody a conflict fueled by intransigence and misguided idealism, the hope and the beauty of Lore is only strengthened by its embrace of youthful uncertainty.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Anthony Quinn
Independent
January 1, 2014
The Australian director Cate Shortland has made a quite stunning film about the collapse of Nazi Germany, seen not from a Berlin bunker but through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2014
The dream of every director tasked with bringing such a difficult story to life is to have a star who can carry the drama, and in her feature debut, Rosendahl is a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
The bleak backdrop is rendered with great beauty-so much so that perhaps the sensory poetics of the visuals linger beyond their darker implications.
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
It's this mature take on the subject matter that makes Lore the finest Australian film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Knight
National Post
May 31, 2013
We see no fighting and no high-level participants -- just ordinary people before a backdrop of natural beauty and manmade horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 31, 2013
The young principals here, Malina and especially Rosendahl, are superb at conveying that premature hardening, their elastic minds pummelled by inelastic forces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 30, 2013
The sins of the Fatherland send a German teenage girl and her Nazi-connected family on the run in Australian director Cate Shortland's vividly rendered and sensual drama Lore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
May 30, 2013
With an eye for images that are both lush and foreboding, Cate Shortland dives confidently into a moral minefield and doesn't care about defusing the situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 28, 2013
One could have made a much more didactic film with the same story - German girl learns Jews aren't so bad after all! - but Shortland is after something much more elliptical here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 20, 2013
Brings a distinctive perspective to familiar themes...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
May 17, 2013
Saskia Rosendahl succeeds in a demanding role set amidst a bleak post-war landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
May 17, 2013
As hard as it is to watch at times, it's even harder to stop watching Shortland's compelling, well-woven tale of a girl on a dual journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
May 10, 2013
With its leisurely pace and lengthy run time, Lore will make those expecting a quick and easy indictment of the entire postwar world unhappy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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