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Lore Reviews

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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
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 14, 2013
It's a harrowing walk through the heart of darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 14, 2013
With a child's perspective on war, "Lore" deserves comparisons with "Empire of the Sun" and "Hope and Glory," and with a feisty female protagonist it stands virtually alone.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 8, 2013
Saskia Rosendahl gives an impressively poised performance as the beautiful teenager, whose determination to protect her remaining family coincides with her growing revulsion toward her parents.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 8, 2013
"Lore" is not a pretty story, but it is a good and sadly believable one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 8, 2013
"Lore" is not a love story, nor the story of a friendship. Rather, it's a story of healing and of how breaking, sometimes painfully, is often necessary before that process can begin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 7, 2013
A fiercely poetic portrait of a young woman staggering beyond innocence and denial, it's about the wars that rage within after the wars outside are lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
February 28, 2013
Full of surprises, the movie draws a thin line between pity and revulsion - how would you feel if you had discovered your whole life had been based on lies?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
February 20, 2013
It's a close, intimate film - sometimes so close you can feel the breath of its characters in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Boone
Chicago Sun-Times
February 14, 2013
We know where this is going pretty early on, but that doesn't prevent "Lore" from being riveting stuff, start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 2013
This striking, slow-building drama ... uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 8, 2013
It's a remarkable accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 8, 2013
Saskia Rosendahl is a highly expressive actress within the limited confines of her character, and the film is studded with memorable scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
February 8, 2013
"Lore" is the sort of movie you'd already expect to rip your heart out, but that doesn't diminish the tragedy when it does arrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 7, 2013
If "Lore" is an upsetting and uncomfortable film set in a morally bleak landscape, it also offers a guardedly optimistic vision of the possibility of human change.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 7, 2013
Saskia Rosendahl as Lore is the sturdiest in a good cast, making her way cautiously into a new, utterly changed universe.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 7, 2013
The film sustains an air of overarching mystery in which the viewer, like the title character, is in the position of a sheltered child plunked into an alien environment and required to fend for herself without a map or compass.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 7, 2013
A disconcerting and eerie film, made even more memorable since it's seen through the prism of childhood's end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 7, 2013
The pace is deliberate, verging on slow-Australian filmmakers aren't keen on short takes or quick cuts-but the content is constantly surprising.
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February 7, 2013
Shortland's camera creates a world that's shockingly fractured, shot at weird angles and pocked with truncated body parts, heads hanging upside down and undefined realities filled with quiet dread.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2013
For both audiences who admire it and the protagonist who lives it, the intense, emotional "Lore" is a picture from life's other side.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 7, 2013
Shot with a detail-oriented expressiveness that occasionally edges into overly precious imagery, Lore excels mostly as a survival film, as Rosendahl barters jewelry and trinkets for whatever food and favors she can collect along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
February 5, 2013
Shortland draws fine work from her actors, particularly the haunting Rosendahl ...
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David Fear
Time Out
February 5, 2013
What starts as a flipped survival tale turns into historical tragisploitation that wallows in its slog of endless suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
February 5, 2013
A rare, wonderful film that works not just as surface entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Richard Kuipers
Variety
June 14, 2012
Offers a fresh, intimate and mostly successful perspective on Germany's traumatic transition from conqueror nation to occupied state.