Of Gods and Men Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 12, 2013
Quietly compelling, if not as emotional as you might have hoped
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2012
Beauvois shows respect for all of the characters and cultures involved -- the monks, the community they served, even the enemies that the monks remembered in their prayers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
September 10, 2011
Una película dura, hermosa y conmovedora sobre un episodio trágico que fue, ante todo, un acto de sacrificio y resistencia ante la violencia y el miedo. Desde ya, una de las fundamentales del año.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
September 9, 2011
Of Gods and Men has a slow, introspective quality that gives the viewer plenty of time to mull over the monks' quandary, but it also has a feeling of constant dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Macklin
August 16, 2011
In a world in which faith and ignorance are often yoked together, Of Gods and Men lifts faith from just the throbbing heart to the thinking mind as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 10, 2011
Alternately harrowing and humbling, this is a story of ordinary men whose compassion is tested in the cruelest, most profound fashion.
Simon Weaving
July 30, 2011
A deeply moving and profoundly beautiful film about a group of monks working in the mountains of Algeria who are faced with the most difficult personal and collective decisions when the country erupts in brutal civil-war
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 28, 2011
Beauvois takes his time limning the daily rhythms of the monastery, lingering on its most lyrical and sensuous moments, so that when violence finally reaches its gates the effect is all the more chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 20, 2011
Confirms without really challenging our readily held beliefs about the nobility of selflessness and sacrifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sean Axmaker
July 5, 2011
... as powerful a film you'll ever see about faith, commitment and the courage of one's convictions.
Leonard Maltin
June 29, 2011
I was stirred by the emotions expressed in this film-and the wonderful performances of its cast. Filmmaker Beauvois chose great faces, as well as great actors, to bring these characters to life, and they manage to convey an enormous amount with very...
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 25, 2011
A wonderfully humanist film about a tragic story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2011
...a movie that made me sad and proud to be human, to belong to a species capable of such cruelty and such kindness, and possessed of the power to choose to love those who hate us, and to die with peace in our hearts as the world burns down.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Glenn Lovell
May 4, 2011
More than anything, we come away remembering the monks' frightened-to-serene faces . . . and the sublime music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 29, 2011
Monks' faith is tested by religious extremists next door
Mike Scott
April 29, 2011
It is a thoughtful film, a serious one, and one that is sneakily affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 28, 2011
One of those increasingly rare things in modern cinema -- a deeply-felt, powerful film about religious faith that has no interest in peddling the gospel to the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 24, 2011
Slow moving but gripping true story based on a terrorist incident of religious violence that shook up the French in 1996.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
April 22, 2011
Audiences will be spiritually moved by the beautiful voices singing the liturgical Gregorian chants. The cinematography is outstanding, capturing the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/3
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 22, 2011
The movie warns against rash judgments, harmful hate mongering and ugly stereotyping -- a film ultimately as much about Rush Limbaugh and his ilk as it is about Osama bin Laden and his.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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