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Lourdes Reviews

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Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

So restrained and reliant on its carefully calibrated tableaux that one longs for the tiniest thread of melodrama.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 20, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A paralyzed young woman with MS stands up and walks in Lourdes, but it'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 19, 2010
Armond White
New York Press

Hausner's schematic approach to debunking religion is predictable and unfunny.

Full Review Source: New York Press

February 17, 2010
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Movies about miracles range from the awful to the unwatchable... that all changes with Jessica Hausner's Lourdes; it's a visually-striking, beautifully-realised, emotionally-devastating drama that both salutes and skewers the deeply-religious.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 30, 2011
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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One of the most observant -- and enigmatic -- movies of the year.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Visually rich, provocative and engrossing with a quietly tender, radiant performance by the reliable-as-always Sylvie Testud.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.5/10

February 18, 2010
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Lourdes ultimately eschews rigorous religious inquiry to study the mechanics of envy and frustrated desire.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 16, 2010
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

A deliberately paced examination of Catholic mysticism with sharp sprinkles of magical realism.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2010
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

[An] aesthetically and tonally controlled knockout.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

November 21, 2010
Alan Mack
Little White Lies

A cucumber-cool satire which views the poetry and passion of spiritual faith through a prism of rigid bureaucracy and ruthless logic.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 25, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Jessica Hausner, an Austrian working here in French, wants to explore the mysteries of life, not its certainties.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

February 17, 2010
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Always profoundly empathetic, even when at its darkest, while weighing religious passion, mortality, heartbreak, hope, desperation and devastation, all part of that both euphoric and absurd experience comprising the human condition.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

January 27, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film was primarily shot on location, which gives it a heaviness, an historic weight, that dominates the movie much more than anything to do with character or plot does.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

May 21, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

This film is both good and powerful. It saves the God debate, still intact, for another round. It is as magically, richly ambivalent as life itself.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 5/5

March 25, 2010
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

At the heart of the film is Sylvie Testud, one of the most beguiling actresses in the world, and whom I would happily pay to watch do nothing more than sleep for 24 hours.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/4

March 25, 2010
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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A provocative and surprising pleasure that may persuade even the most hardened rationalists to reconsider what religion means as a sanctity to those who have few other choices in life.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

March 25, 2010
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The withholding of judgment persists across Lourdes, which is comic, haunting, sweet, pious, unsettling, agnostic, and wholly deadpan at various moments.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B+

March 4, 2011
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Luminous

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 3.75/5

January 15, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A powerful and poignant drama about Lourdes, miracles, faith, grace, and the mysteries surrounding cures that go beyond reason and explanation.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

February 20, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This off-centre film looks like a paean to devotion ... and yet Hausner quietly and cleverly undermines this

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 4, 2010

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