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The Turin Horse Reviews

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J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
September 18, 2014
This great poem on the end of the world is truly a film for the ages. It can't really be described, but only lived.
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Mike D'Angelo
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2013
No movie could possibly live up to the monumental, forbidding grandeur of The Turin Horse's lengthy opening shot, but [Bela Tarr]... goes ahead and attempts the impossible, and comes frighteningly close to succeeding.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 28, 2012
"The Turin Horse" is a parable, which means it's both very simple and very weighty. It's not about event and emotion, but duration and endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 31, 2012
It feels like the creation story in reverse -- a terrible, unavoidable walk into the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2012
Through Tarr's meticulous vision, these ordinary hardships take on cosmic weight; this is tedium vividly rendered.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 16, 2012
An intentionally monotonous look at the lives of a farmer and his daughter. Strange events signal the end is nigh, but it approaches at the pace of a lethargic inchworm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
Starkly beautiful and exceedingly demanding, "The Turin Horse," which Hungarian master Béla Tarr has said will be his last film, is both easy and impossible to define.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 10, 2012
A sumptuous masterpiece by one of the greatest moviemakers of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 9, 2012
Displays Mr. Tarr's uncompromising, atavistic commitment to darkness, difficulty and lapidary pictorial sublimity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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February 9, 2012
The Turin Horse is an absolute vision, masterly and enveloping in a way that less personal, more conventional movies are not. The film doesn't seduce; it commands.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 9, 2012
If ... one has a need to cleanse their palate of even indie fare that seems familiar and cookie-cutter, this immersive, contemplative, black-and-white film may, in its way, be invigorating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 9, 2012
Astonishingly powerful on its own uncompromising terms.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 7, 2012
Alas, there's some risibly bad stuff here, too -- mainly contentwise -- that even Tarr's passionate fans will balk at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 7, 2012
Tarr, who is only 56, claims The Turin Horse as his last film, and it's hard to imagine a follow-up.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 6, 2012
Tarr turns the particular universal; this family's subsistence reflects ordeals faced daily throughout the world, even today...
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 3, 2012
Watching them is something like visiting the world's most fantastic art museum and taking an ice-cold shower, both at the same time.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 15, 2011
The answers are a mystery, but no detail, however mundane, is accidental in Tarr's meticulously constructed allegory.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
February 15, 2011
Monotonous and repetitive, the black-and-white production runs 146 very long minutes as the two go about their mind-numbing daily routines accompanied by a sonorous musical dirge that is as relentless as the ferocious winds outside.