Our Children Reviews

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Stan Hall
Oregonian
February 14, 2013
A drab, gloomy drama that doesn't provide any real enlightenment about why something so awful could happen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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-
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
Tara Brady
Irish Times
May 10, 2013
Dequenne is simply one of best actors on the planet. Her portrayal of baby blues and postnatal psychosis is as subtle as it is devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
May 9, 2013
Fully committed, beautifully acted, well realised and genuinely unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
Alan Bett
The Skinny
February 20, 2013
A film which tackles serious issues that are both intensely personal and widely political, but which fails to offer understanding of subjects which are perhaps simply incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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+
Top Critic
Violet Lucca
Village Voice
July 30, 2013
Masterfully plays with stylistic conventions and all-too-common instances of real-life matricide ...
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
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.
Tom Seymour
The List
May 24, 2013
Through Lafosse's vivid lensing and framing, Our Children exerts a steely grip. Yet the film remains restrained, detached and balanced ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 6, 2012
With Our Children, Joachim Lafosse seems hellbent on avoiding any hint of sensationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 4, 2012
Underlying this bizarre domestic dynamic is a post-colonialist drama... but those four dead children might better have come unheralded, with Murielle a surprise Medea rather than a pre-destined anti-heroine enacting a mere fait accompli.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
Suffice to say that pathos is intertwined with pathology in Lafosse's fifth feature, inspired by a true story-but Murielle's decline isn't any less full of tough home truths.
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.
Top Critic
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2012
This gloomy and penetrating psychological drama should receive steady art house play.
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 1, 2013
At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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