The Mill and the Cross Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
We almost feel that we ourselves have accomplished something just by being around while Bruegel doodled.
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 31, 2012
The Mill and the Cross provides a sort of stoner's take on Bruegel's masterpiece, if the stoner happens to be a scholar with expertise in the work of the genius painter.
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 9, 2012
Both painting and film are brought to vivid, extraordinary life by the power of the artist's will: This is Intelligent Design we can believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 19, 2012
"The Mill and the Cross" might not be perfect, but it's stimulating, hypnotic and, in its unique way, exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 18, 2012
Visually, it's a lavish dreamscape. But come prepared. This immersive and mostly nonverbal art tour of history could lead to an evening of regret.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 11, 2011
The Mill and the Cross may thrill you. But be prepared for a fight. Twenty minutes in, your companion may throw up his or her arms and complain, "This is like watching a painting dry."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 11, 2011
The Mill and the Cross is visually transporting, a painterly undertaking in every sense of the word. It's a neat case of a contemporary art form conveying to an audience what the painting itself might have conveyed to its viewers hundreds of years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 10, 2011
The Mill & the Cross invites us to inhabit a work of art along with the mind of the man who made it and to be enthralled by the images shared in vivid tableaux by visionary Polish director Lech Majewski.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 3, 2011
"The Mill and the Cross" is a true cinematic oddity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
November 3, 2011
It's easy to imagine that some folks will find the film rapturous, but it's equally clear that there are others whom it will drive crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steven D. Greydanus
Christianity Today
October 21, 2011
André Bazin wrote about the mission of art to rescue the world from transience and corruption … I don't know if I've ever seen this idea more resoundingly affirmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 20, 2011
What hangs before us is so striking, beautiful, strange, vast, horrifying, ethereal, lifelike - so alive - that we're desperate to enter the other side of the canvas, to be inside the painting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 20, 2011
If you see no more than the opening shots, you will never forget them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 14, 2011
Majewski's film is a captivating exercise that will interest fans of art, not to mention arthouse cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 14, 2011
"The Mill and the Cross" is an art-history lesson and a spiritual exercise disguised as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
October 13, 2011
The experience of this film is primarily visual-dialogue is sparse and most of the sound is diegetic-which intensifies the impact of Majewski's bold conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 13, 2011
.. the filmmaker follows twelve of the painting's hundreds of people to impart a historical understanding of how Bruegel condemned Spain's religious persecution in his native Holland by making his Christ contemporary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 30, 2011
It's not a making-of movie, nor does it tell the story of the individual subjects in the painting. It's also not exactly art imitating life, or art imitating art. It's more like art becoming art.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
September 16, 2011
Majewski's filmic voice isn't for everyone, filled with lengthy tableaus without obvious meaning, but it's strong and truly unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
Top Critic
September 16, 2011
Computer-generated imagery is often used to simulate the future in motion pictures, but the ravishing The Mill and the Cross uses it to replicate the past.
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