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Oslo, August 31st Reviews

David Thomson
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 14, 2013
Veronika Ferdman
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 8, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 31, 2012
Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[Displays] an invigoratingly acute understanding of the psychology of insecurity, longing, defensiveness and inward-turning rage.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

August 30, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Oslo, August 31st" is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 30, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

August 29, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Trier proves that he's no one-hit wonder.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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The result is a superb exploration of loss, guilt and regret in Norwegian director Joachim Trier's often-unpredictable second film.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 10, 2012
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 10, 2012
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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[Screenwriters] Trier and Vogt are neat and cunning.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 8, 2012
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Pared down and sparse, almost Bressonian in its formal rigor...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A study of a man who pulled away from the edge of the abyss at the nick of time, only to realize he may not be able to forgive himself for the things he's done.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Te movie seems more like a searing portrait of self-discovery and realization, with the understanding that not everything you learn about yourself will be pleasant.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 19, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Trier ... keeps us aware of the emotions and perceptions of all the characters, even at those times when their perceptions are limited and differ from objective reality.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2012
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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With his angular features and intense gaze, Lie is utterly convincing as an intellectual in the process of repairing his damaged life.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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"Oslo" is an example of strong, confident filmmaking in which nothing is miscalculated or out of place.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Despite its themes, "Oslo, August 31st" is an exhilarating film, with impeccable direction and pitch-perfect performances that make the bleakness worthwhile.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 25, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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"Oslo, August 31st" has the satisfying gravity of specific experience, and also, true to its title, a prickly sense of place.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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It's a marvelously constructed personal journey, both wrenching and bittersweet, whose emotional ripple effects stay with you for days and weeks afterward.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 24, 2012
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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In its depiction of a man who's considering death, the film is never less than fully alive.

Full Review Source: NPR

May 24, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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With only two films, Danish director Joachim Trier has soundly established himself as a singular talent.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

May 23, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Moment to moment, you sense the fragility of Anders's fate as it hangs in the balance.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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As this elegiac movie reminds us, even a shattered life matters, leaving behind an indelible, intricate imprint.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 22, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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[It] crosses the blood-brain barrier like ... like ... whatever the drug is, I haven't tried it, thank God.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

May 21, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Trier has adapted a 1930s French novel, which in 1963 Louis Malle filmed as 'Le Feu Follet', but this feels totally fresh and modern in its concerns. It's also devastating.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2011
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