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Noah (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 205
Fresh: 158 | Rotten: 47

With sweeping visuals grounded by strong performances in service of a timeless tale told on a human scale, Darren Aronofsky's Noah brings the Bible epic into the 21st century.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 9

With sweeping visuals grounded by strong performances in service of a timeless tale told on a human scale, Darren Aronofsky's Noah brings the Bible epic into the 21st century.

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Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (c) Paramount

$93.3M

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In a single sequence, Aronofsky combines creationism, Darwinian evolution, original sin, the end of days, and radical environmentalism.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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For all the high-tech showmanship on display, this retelling of Noah and the Ark marks a serious effort to engage with the Old Testament as a literary text.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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In some ways, Noah resembles one of those Kirk Cameron movies about the apocalypse, only with a better cast and more dazzling special effects.

March 29, 2014 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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Rock Transformers.

March 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It's overlong and a times sluggish. The fights and battles, designed to give an epic fantasy feel to the movie, are grave miscalculations. And the overabundance of CGI often makes Noah look like a video game.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Darren Aronofsky's film about the Old Testament shipbuilder has been sparking controversy - but there's no denying that the Great Flood, digitized, is a pretty great flood.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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Aronofsky makes an intermittently arresting Bible movie

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Aronofsky's grand, crazy vision is filled with more awe and reverence than a traditional snoozefest like Son of God, and, in its fun, flawed and chaotic way, Noah is a popcorn flick about the endless wonders of the universe and of the human soul.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Darren Aronofsky upends convention-but stays true to the bible-with this controversial epic.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Pro-vegan and anti-industrial messages aside... as (a) non-Biblical, alternative history version of the Great Flood, there's some interesting stuff going on here.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

A water-logged turkey...an epic disaster of truly biblical proportions...Bloated, gloomy, super self-serious and - worst of all - boring, the film is so dull and portentous it's likely to make atheists convert, just so they can pray to God to save them.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

There is so much here that is wonderful and strange, my problems with the film are not much more than quibbles. ... I think Noah is Darren Aronofsky's Take Shelter.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Add Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" to the list of Bible-themed film epics ranging from magnificent to stuffy to silly.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

An auteurist monument to monomania inspired by Judeo-Christian culture's most famous report of a divine reboot..

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A bold, trippy new interpretation of an old, old story, about miracles of varying size and shape, in which we still today might find some new angles of inspiration.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

a deeply insane interpretation

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

What's finally impressive about Noah, even to those of us who are hardly unconditional Aronofskians, is the degree of unbending faith on which this massively ambitious venture is built.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

It's interesting. It's too long. It's three stars from me.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

I think there's some very interesting things here. I think Darren Aranofsky is an interesting director. He makes films about obsessive characters and this is another one.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Darren Aronofsky continues to ambitiously experiment with genres in this Old Testament blockbuster, but this is his first real misstep as a filmmaker, as the impressive parts simply don't add up.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Darren Aronofsky has managed ... intrigue, and pointed ecological commentary, in among the blood, wrath and spectacle of this fascinating Old Testament adaptation.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Noah manages the miracle of Crowe shouting at the heavens without looking absurd, not to mention the miracle of bringing the Bible movie back to life, and making it watchable and contemplative.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

The strangest $125m ever spent by a major studio.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

O Antigo Testamento um O Senhor dos Anis no qual Deus simultaneamente Gandalf e o olho de Sauron.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

It has, in religious parlance, been sent to test you.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Audience Reviews for Noah

Ironically, the people snubbing their noses at the ludicrosity of "rock monsters" in their Noah story don't acknowledge the same scale of absurdities that come with believing in this story as literal history. "Noah" stays creatively and intelligently within bounds of its source - the rock guardians don't alter the vague story as it is written. They aren't ever mentioned in the text, no, but then neither are the dinosaurs. The story is even more outlandish, not less, without them or some other kind of unwritten supernatural assistance in building the ark and protecting both it and Noah's family against all the lives surely trying to violently escape their doom. In truth, the written version is useful to us mostly as a parable exploring our ancestors' perceptions of their humanity and worldly place, and the movie successfully nudges the arguments into relevancy for our own current debates, fears and hopes for mankind's future.

Rather than just an excuse for another apocalypse movie, this is a study of the Bible's depiction of human nature, and a character study of its god and of Noah. This is the one time in the Semitic religious texts where man teaches its god something about the preciousness of life here on earth, and its god listens and agrees ...for a little while. But it's easy to see that the Bible's man is just as dark as its god, since just after having witnessed all of human and animal life destroyed, save for the few on the ark, Noah, supposedly the best of humanity, has such a poor perspective that he curses his own son's lineage into being "the lowest of slaves." That part was politely altered in the movie since it's a bit of a buzz-kill for mankind 2.0, but it doesn't make it into the Sunday school teachings either.

Of course, the world's pre-flood history as written in Genesis would have to have come through Noah and his family of survivors. Aronofsky includes the tradition of verbally passing down these chapters, but he ingeniously deconstructs the narrative we see in Genesis today into two perspectives, starting from the beginning when there was nothing. First we hear Noah's version, centered around the creation of a harmonious world, pure and holy, except for man; then we hear Tubal-Cain's version, centered on man as the only creature created in god's image and master of the world's creatures to do as we see fit. By splitting the first chapters of Genesis into two different perspectives, Aronofsky breathes life into the text as a cultural collaboration of early mankind battling then as we do now over the always clashing values of living conservatively and harmoniously or pursuing power and self-fulfillment.
April 14, 2014
Matthew Slaven

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I dark take on a biblical story, but the style and direction that Aranosky uses leaves a dull taste.
An inconsistant, mediocre acting and no rewards at the end!
A tiresome bore if a movie.
April 10, 2014
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April 7, 2014
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Darren Aronofsky has crafted some standout feature films throughout his career. With Noah, he crafts a film that tries to be way too ambitious and in turn, it just ends up being an average film. The film tells a good story, but the problem is, is that that it relies far too much on CGI to tell it, and it doesn't leave a whole lot to tell a truly gripping story, which this should have been. Noah is a film that is entertaining, but it is also one that never realizes its full potential of being a truly engrossing film going experience. My expectations for this film were very high, and I was let down a bit. I didn't hate the film, but I felt that it could have been better, considering the story. Luckily the cast here make this film watchable, and add to that some good, tense moments. Obviously the standout of the film is the flood sequence, which is truly exciting. Russel Crowe here gives a terrific performance as Noah, and I felt that he was well chosen for the part. In terms of a Biblical epic, Noah isn't on par with so many others like Ben-Hur and the Ten Commandments, and at times it does leave room for improvement, but for what it is, it's good for the most part, but it's not one of Darren Aronofsky's best either. I expected Noah to be a memorable picture, as it stands, it tries to be far too ambitious than it needs to be, and it peppers you with big ideas that kind of ends up feeling hollow. All in all, this is a good film, but one that tries to be far too grand than it needs to be. Luckily the performances are great, as it's really what saves this film from being a total mess. Of all of Aronofsky's films, Noah is my least favorite, and he has made far better films than this. When the credits started to roll, I was indifferent at what I had seen. Noah is a film with big set pieces, and grand storytelling, but it just doesn't truly capture your sense of wonder because Aronofsky has directed far better movies. Noah has some terrific performances and a good story at hand, but you simply want a bit more structure to the film in order to make this really standout. The film had so much potential of being much better than this.
April 6, 2014
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    1. Methuselah: Well, my boy, I've turned down better scripts in panto! DId you bring berries?
    – Submitted by Dennis D (5 days ago)
    1. Tubal Cain: Did you really think you could protect yourself from me in that?
    2. Noah: It's not protection from you.
    – Submitted by Justin K (20 days ago)
    1. Noah: He said he's going to destroy the world.
    – Submitted by John H (22 days ago)
    1. Il-la: You chose mercy. You chose love.
    – Submitted by Trina B (22 days ago)
    1. Noah: Strength comes from the Creator.
    – Submitted by Trina B (22 days ago)
    1. Il-la: He chose you because you saw the wickedness of man and knew you wouldn't look away. But there is goodness too.
    – Submitted by Trina B (22 days ago)
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