Of Gods and Men Reviews

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
April 6, 2011
Some nice performances, but the sad, harsh truth is that two hours spent inside a Trappist monastery turns out to be achingly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
February 24, 2011
In spite of its subject matter, the film has a scant feeling for spirituality, which mainly surfaces in the monks' fatalist hymns. Beauvois admires the monks' steadfastness, but doesn't seem to understand it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2011
The problem is that a whiff of saintliness envelops the Cistercian monks right from the start.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 21, 2011
[VIDEO] "Of Gods & Men" is a chamber piece tragedy trapped in a bubble of naive optimism. A little cynicism could have gone a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 25, 2011
Forgive me, Father, for I was bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
February 7, 2011
My question is not so much the reason why the film was made, but how in the world did anybody get someone to finance something like this?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
February 14, 2011
Agonizingly long and slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
February 24, 2011
...perfect Best Foreign-language Film Oscar bait, offering viewers a frisson of spirituality with none of the demands of actually believing in a creed.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 14, 2011
A really strong, really well put together, intense, B film in a monk's habit.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 14, 2011
Fascinating and affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 25, 2011
A wonderfully humanist film about a tragic story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 7, 2011
For a nation that swears by its Christianity, it amazes me how frugally that righteousness is wielded. ...Beauvois reminds us of those who see their faith as a reason to serve, as a calling to embrace mankind in all its flawed grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
November 29, 2010
Of Gods and Men can be a little heavy-handed in its storytelling at times, but the confident direction and strong performances ensure it is an absorbing experience, and the beautiful final shot ends the film on a haunting note.
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2011
I found myself resisting the film's pull of easy emotion. There are fundamental questions here, and the film doesn't engage them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 11, 2010
A superb and austere drama in French and Arabic...
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 24, 2010
Breaking up its quiet, contemplative tone with occasional fevered outbursts of activity, Of Gods and Men maintains a tension borne of uncertainty while paying proper respect to the hushed, unhurried lifestyle of the monks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
February 25, 2011
Sensitively written and directed...bears similarities in plot and tone to 1986's "The Mission." The cast is exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 15, 2011
Director Xavier Beauvois keeps the drama hushed and expectant as the monks themselves.
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