Paradise: Faith Reviews

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Kam Williams
Baret News
February 16, 2014
Holy Hun exorcises demons in Born Again sequel!
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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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.
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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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.
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 11, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
July 8, 2013
Using his signature dark humor, static frames and improvisation, director Seidl takes aim at religious fanaticism in Austria.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
July 8, 2013
Paradise: Faith is not as strong as the opening picture of this portentous trio of films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]
July 7, 2013
For believers, it'll be an essential tract. Such is its commitment even the sceptical can't help but be impressed through the retching.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
July 5, 2013
The second in Austrian filmmaker Seidl's Paradise trilogy (after the blackly comical Love), this religion-themed drama also uses heavy doses of dark humour and irony to put its characters through the wringer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
July 5, 2013
This is cinema as decathlon - a string of tribulations to sap your stamina and make your ligaments burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
July 5, 2013
The relentless nihilism ultimately seems just a teeny bit juvenile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
July 4, 2013
Excited to find out what note Seidl ends his trilogy on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 4, 2013
The Paradise trilogy does not have the extravagant power of a movie like Import/Export - but it is gaining in potency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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