Only God Forgives Reviews

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Chris Stuckmann
April 17, 2015
Only God Forgives is an extremely misunderstood film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ray Pride
April 8, 2014
Even as their shadows fall across these walls, the characters are not supermen; they're humans reduced to chiaroscuro. Characterization is even more minimal.
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
It's a fragmented affair, relying on its visuals, sound design, and mythological villain to carry the day. It kept me riveted, though by the end I did feel the overall experience was a bit empty.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
February 1, 2014
Ryan Gosling reunites with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for the ultra-violent, ultra-slow-moving Bangkok-set revenge thriller Only God Forgives, whose unflinching gore and crawling pace will probably prove equally off-putting to most viewers.
Will Leitch
December 30, 2013
Not only a disaster area but will also have you questioning your affection for Refn's last film in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Todd Jorgenson
December 11, 2013
God might forgive Refn and Gosling for this mess, but moviegoers might not be so kind.
Chase Whale
November 8, 2013
The most fartistic movie of the year.
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Gosling is little more than eye candy; he plays Julian as if he's always just about ready for a nap.
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
October 31, 2013
Those who are less judgmental, or less enamored of the sentimentality of "Drive" -- and "Bronson" die-hards -- will know to lower their expectations and see what strange, stylized crime drama the Danish director is serving up this time.
Eric Melin
October 28, 2013
Since all the "characters" are archetypes, there's no way to really climb inside Only God Forgives and be emotionally affected by any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike Scott
September 20, 2013
It boasts tons of atmosphere and flashes of Refn's visual style -- as well as an admirably unhinged performance from Kristen Scott Thomas -- but little else to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
August 29, 2013
Refn has stated that the effect he was going for was an acid trip, and he's succeeded maybe a bit too well, as the initial surface trance wears off to reveal not much else going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 20, 2013
A feverish blend of ultra-violence, corruption, bad mothering and karaoke... Simultaneously seedy and artsy, the film has a jagged stop-start pace that will mesmerise some, bore others and confound those left over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 17, 2013
I don't think it's bad. I think it's dull, and a product of an imagination that is very much pleased with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 16, 2013
Only God Forgives stays with you like a traumatic memory but the sickening violence appears composed as haunting flashes of sublime beauty; reverberating long after you've finished viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 10, 2013
An oddball, mostly unwatchable cinematic experiment...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 5, 2013
It's a film with a dark heart but a heart nonetheless.
Gareth Simms
August 5, 2013
Baffling and hypnotic, Only God Forgives boasts an aesthetically assured composition but its flagrant dismissal of pacing and plot serve to undermine not beguile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 5, 2013
It's a film destined to be either loved or despised. Both reactions seem equally valid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 4, 2013
The story unfolds in a series of carefully composed tableaux accompanied by a mixture of western and oriental music, and what is enacted is a dreamlike fable of revenge and retribution.
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