Beauty (Skoonheid) Reviews

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August 5, 2012
Director Oliver Hermanus values quiet, naturalistic scenes of domestic life to build considerable emotional tensions in this finely nuanced film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
July 30, 2012
Hermanus's Cannes-feted feature serves as a bold statement on the stereotypical Afrikaans male, now struggling to remain relevant in a post-apartheid South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
June 8, 2012
Beauty is a confronting work that succeeds as a study of a false life lived badly and as a reflection upon a society grasping at traditional views to its own detriment.

This is London
April 20, 2012
Few more truthful-seeming dramas about sexual repression have appeared in recent years than this one from Oliver Hermanus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
April 20, 2012
Deon Lotz gives a career-making performance in this petty-bourgeois tragedy which boldly shows both the mundanity and brutality that can lurk behind the closed doors of the South African middle classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 19, 2012
Lotz gives the story a tragic dimension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
April 19, 2012
This queered state of a nation is tense, quietly sad and yes, beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 19, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 18, 2012
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a haunting, shocking and emotionally powerful drama with a terrific central performance from Deon Lotz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2012
Despite that title, there's an ugly power to this study of obsession and anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
April 9, 2012
Lotz tortured expression carries the film, silently falling apart in an artful series of lingering pans and excruciating static shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
November 2, 2011
A confronting tale of an angry, repressed white male in modern South Africa
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 16, 2011
A striking yet erratic piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
...Beauty is my least favourite type of film. An 'arthouse' film with a repulsive protagonist, Beauty is slow and, eventually, vile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 22, 2012
This is Death in Venice African-style, though lacking the reticence and resonance of Mann's novella.
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 19, 2012
An atmospheric downer about a repressed homosexual Afrikaner committing a staggeringly brutal sexual assault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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