Our Children Reviews

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Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 19, 2013
It's an interesting way to tell a story and a devastating journey, particularly since it's based on a real-life incident.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 19, 2013
When the inevitable happens, Lafosse's restraint provokes dread - he's given us a real psychological understanding of the unthinkable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
August 13, 2013
Challengingly takes the anti-CNN approach to a horrific crime, as upsetting . . . in trying to make the unfathomable credible. . .the film is nuanced and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2013
This is a taut psychological study, based on a true story, of the complexities of personal power relationships that begins with the kind of shattering revelation that would be the conclusion of most films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 5, 2013
There is no whodunit here -- the horror is plain in the opening shots -- and the how is presented with great restraint, but the why remains veiled and mysterious long after the film has ended.
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
August 2, 2013
The audience is held in a vise of claustrophobia, and every room seems full of tiny, screaming children.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 2, 2013
The title can refer to the children whose tragic death the film is based on but more subtly on the dependency of Mounir, a North African, on his adoptive father and that of the wife on Mounir.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
August 2, 2013
Lafosse's of the material has the feel of a psychological crime scene investigation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
August 2, 2013
Our Children was inspired by a real-life Belgian tragedy, but director Joachim LaFosse has built that news item into his own micro-portrait of coercion dipped in kindness.
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
August 2, 2013
The film trades in a blank grimness that isn't emotionally involving as much as it is like watching some terrible accident you're helpless to prevent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 1, 2013
At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
August 1, 2013
Our Children needs more heightened moments; its emphasis on quotidian frustration, while admirable (and probably accurate), just doesn't get across what ultimately made this woman snap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
August 1, 2013
In terms of both plot and style (a string of one-face-then-another handheld shots), Our Children stakes everything on performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Guy Lodge
HitFix
July 31, 2013
Aware that a story of such grave human weight and consequence demands to be told exactingly if it is to be told at all, Lafosse's film succeeds most profoundly by refusing to phrase the inevitable question -- how could she? -- as a rhetorical one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tom Dawson
Total Film
July 31, 2013
Expertly avoiding sensationalism, this potently acted drama reminds us of Jean Renoir's celebrated dictum, that everyone has their reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
July 31, 2013
This is film-making of a very high order.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
July 31, 2013
Our Children isn't simply a story of a mother with post-natal depression. It's much more oblique, and, like any family, complicated than that.
Daniel Walber
Film School Rejects
July 31, 2013
A quietly violent film that will both assault and deeply move its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Debruge
Variety
July 31, 2013
Belgian director Joachim Lafosse paints an image of how domestic bliss turned untenable builds to a crime unforgivable in Our Children.
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Violet Lucca
Village Voice
July 30, 2013
Masterfully plays with stylistic conventions and all-too-common instances of real-life matricide ...
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