Oslo, August 31st Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Devastating. And masterful.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 27, 2014
Comprova a promessa representada pela estreia de Joachim Trier.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
Sad, but wise, and clear-eyed about what it means to drift through life until it's suddenly too late to turn back.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
The beauty is in the array of animated faces in Anders' life. And it's in the simple promise and vitality of Anders' face, which serves the film without any regard for being in a film, let alone a tragedy or a poetic vision of darkness and futility.
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Veronika Ferdman
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2013
With a predilection for long takes, alternating between tripod setups and handheld camera work that's reflective of Anders' unease, Trier presents life as an unceasingly tepid stream of the mundane -- with an occasional, exquisite pinprick of hope.
Elias Savada
Film Threat
September 28, 2012
Life's sadder moments are quite well displayed in Trier's nuanced approach. For many popcorn munchers, that regrettably doesn't translate as a must-see movie in today's crowded marketplace...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
September 25, 2012
It's an absolutely moving and devastating film, and one of the most jarring looks at addiction you'll ever see on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2012
The movie transpires mostly in quiet, engrossing dialogue scenes, and its austere style shares a good deal in common with the protagonist, who seems both opaque and completely exposed.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
August 30, 2012
In a single day, through a single pair of eyes, Trier and Lie give us an emblem for the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 30, 2012
[Displays] an invigoratingly acute understanding of the psychology of insecurity, longing, defensiveness and inward-turning rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 30, 2012
"Oslo, August 31st" is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 29, 2012
The film is perhaps the most emotionally devastating and yet paradoxically delicate effort of the year, a genuine gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 29, 2012
A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, "Oslo, August 31st" breaks your heart many times over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 24, 2012
Spanning a short period of time, this tense and intense Norweigian drama about a drug addict is extremely well directed and acted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
August 23, 2012
As the final shots mirror the first, you reflect on how life goes on, with and without us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 17, 2012
Trier proves that he's no one-hit wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 10, 2012
The result is a superb exploration of loss, guilt and regret in Norwegian director Joachim Trier's often-unpredictable second film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 10, 2012
It has absolute clarity about a character who isn't at all sure about what he wants - or whether he wants to keep going at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
[Screenwriters] Trier and Vogt are neat and cunning.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2012
Pared down and sparse, almost Bressonian in its formal rigor...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
May 24, 2012
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