Paradise: Faith Reviews

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Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood
March 27, 2014
The work of a master. This just isn't his masterpiece.
Kam Williams
Baret News
February 16, 2014
Holy Hun exorcises demons in Born Again sequel!
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 10, 2014
Comes from an intolerably smug and cynical place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 27, 2013
Much like his fellow Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, Seidl knows how to keep his audience captivated while rattling us with a discomfiting precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
August 27, 2013
As a vision of exploitation, it's almost insultingly simple, but Seidl deepens it with a story that respects the human neediness of his heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
August 23, 2013
Scenes are dramatic without a hint of melodrama, so when a flash of intensity does occur, it does so out of nowhere and registers even more powerfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 23, 2013
Now, here's the trilogy's second installment, in which the jolly Austrian makes it clear that women of a certain age do not have his permission to overdo it with religion, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 22, 2013
Like it or not, "Paradise: Faith" sticks in your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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August 22, 2013
A brutal, unflinching, anxiety-inducing, almost unbearably hard to watch film.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
With little room to feel for or even understand Anna Maria, "Paradise: Faith" rarely seems more than high art with low intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 22, 2013
There just isn't two hours' worth of movie here, especially considering that Seidl has previously addressed some of the same ideas in his religious documentary Jesus, You Know.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
August 21, 2013
Using the same script-free approach and mix of pros and first-time actors...that's marked his work so far, it's confrontational, abrasive stuff, both in form and content.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2013
Solid characters in a transgressive look at the virtue of Faith
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 21, 2013
It's hard to say if Faith works better as part of a whole instead of a triptych's single panel until the trilogy is complete, but the unconverted may find this too much of a cross to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 20, 2013
Hofstätter's performance comes off as an unselfconscious tour de force, painfully real and culturally lost.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
August 19, 2013
Ulrich Seidl is back on home turf in Austria with Paradise: Faith, but no less willing to challenge auds with startling imagery, ambiguous morality and ruthless black humor.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2013
Austrian iconoclast Ulrich Seidl delivers one of his more challenging tracts in this screwy reflection on religious devotion.
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
August 19, 2013
Seidl's lack of compassion through all this turns Anna Marie into a kind of sad clown (is that the reason Seidl dedicated the film to Max Linder?).
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
August 14, 2013
A shallow film that leaves us knowing exactly what we're seeing, and able to predict what the characters will say to each other in the mostly uninspired and overtly familiar dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 8, 2013
A sober minded and poignant film about the dangers of religious zeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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