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The Decalogue

The Decalogue (1988)



Average Rating: 9.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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Mar 28, 2000

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See part of it, or see all of it. Just be glad it's around.

January 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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An overwhelming psychological and spiritual epic for our times.

March 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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There is no question that Dekalog is the summit of Kieslowski's achievements.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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All of the films in The Decalogue are easy and pleasurable to follow as stories, yet part of the excitement they generate stems from discussions about their meaning after their dramatic impact registers.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A masterwork of modern cinema, essential viewing for anyone who cares about the movies as a serious art form.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The 10 films are not philosophical abstractions but personal stories that involve us immediately; I hardly stirred during some of them.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Brilliant and moving, a masterpiece about the fragility of human nature.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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... a stone masterpiece.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Not only ranks as one of the most ambitious and challenging film works ever attempted, but one of the most rewarding and unforgettable.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

Far from being morality tales, these short stories are closer to parables — at least, they are as confounding and strange as Jesus' parables were to his first hearers.

June 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Highly ambitious, and though every 'episode' may not be up to par as are others, it still remains a risky and commendable work.

July 10, 2003

Most of the films put characters into situations in which they cannot obey one commandment without breaking others. Challenges you to figure out how to be a moral person in a world with no easy answers.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff

Who knows how often you'll actually want to watch the whole thing, but it's masterful film-making nonetheless.

August 7, 2002
New Times

Amongst the greatest stories ever told. No serious film scholar can afford to miss it.

July 21, 2002 Full Review Source:

The Decalogue finds Kieslowski and co-scenarist Krzysztof Piesiewicz turning a delicate cycle of intimate, funny, heartbreaking, and compassionate works into a symphony of human fallibility.

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The original series of 10 hour-long films has all of the qualities that mark Kieslowski's better-known work.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

A masterpiece of modern times.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Some of the dramas raise issues of violence and sexuality that may disturb some viewers but remind us that the human failings addressed by the commandments challenge our consciences today as much as in Old Testament times.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A masterpiece of modern times that puts most other movies out there to shame. If you care about movies at all, put everything else on your 'must-see' list aside and go see this.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for The Decalogue

Epic! It's well worth the time commitment to watch these modern envisionments of the ten commandments. These interpretations are rife with ethical ambiguity, forcing the viewer to question and analyze their moral assumptions.
June 3, 2011

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Decalogue I - 5/5
Decalogue II - 4/5
Decalogue III - 4/5
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Decalogue V - 4/5
Decalogue VI - 3.5/5
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October 28, 2008

Super Reviewer

Oh yes. Get all ten films from the library and set aside the time to watch them. All of them cause a different part of the brain to think...really think about relationships between people.
February 2, 2008
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