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In the Fog Reviews

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 8, 2013
As remorseless in style as it is in message, "In the Fog" offers little hope and few pleasures, but earns admiration for its elegant exploration of the lowest depths of the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2013
Intimate in the telling, sweeping in the implications, Loznitsa has created an unusually incisive film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Thomson
The New Republic
July 2, 2013
In the Fog, which seems to me a masterpiece, is about occupation and the destruction of an understanding of one's own history.
Louis Proyect
June 15, 2013
Powerful existential drama about the tension between morality and the imperatives of warfare against the century's most immoral regime. A sign of the continuing health of Russian film after the devastating blow of Yeltsin's privatization.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 14, 2013
Even when the pace wanes, the images are still gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 13, 2013
The world and its choices are often cruel, but for all the devastations visited on the characters, Mr. Loznitsa is searching for the human good amid a human catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine
June 13, 2013
Sergei Loznitsa occasionally writes his ideas too explicitly in the film's dialogue, though he makes up for this by deftly employing some ironic symbolism elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 11, 2013
In the Fog has the inevitability of an avalanche, and only our overfamilarity with Nazi-tribulation scenarios, and perhaps its excessively punctuated ending, could slow it down.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 11, 2013
The initial strangeness wears off as the narrative rhythms become more predictable-enter past, return to present, repeat-and the clichéd existential metaphors pile up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leslie Felperin
June 10, 2013
Sergei Loznitsa's sophomore feature is a more conventional work than his audacious debut, My Joy, but no less accomplished in its craft, especially thanks to sterling work by ace Romanian lenser Oleg Mutu.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
June 7, 2013
Hollywood action movies build up to a frenzied crescendo. Here, it's exactly the opposite. But you'll still end up holding your breath. In the fog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 28, 2013
Like Come And See in neighbouring Belarus, it's a stark vision of humanity in a hellish world. Tough and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2013
Sergei Loznitsa's stark parable about Soviet collaboration with the Nazis has echoes of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 26, 2013
Nothing is clear in a film that is as challenging as it is rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 26, 2013
[An] austere but never ponderous film about war, and its effect on those caught up in impossible circumstances ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 25, 2013
Though he is more often a documentary maker, In the Fog marks a profound shift for Loznitsa: there is nothing ad hoc or casual here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Evrim Ersoy
Electric Sheep
April 25, 2013
In The Fog is one of the most impressive films of this year, a brutal tale told in the most languid language imaginable. Unmissable and a terrific step forward for Sergei Loznitsa.
Vadim Rizov
Little White Lies
April 25, 2013
In The Fog finds Loznitsa pinning down an assured narrative groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
April 24, 2013
Despite a string of impressive performances, there's little spark to this Russian-language slow burner and as a result, it can be rather dull and effortful to watch at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Dawson
The List
April 16, 2013
The performances possess a powerful authenticity, whilst the poignancy of the fog-bound finale lingers in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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