Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen Reviews

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John Anderson
America Magazine
February 17, 2015
It is a memorable, beautiful film.
June 12, 2012
Sukowa gives Hildegard intriguing complexity and an almost irresistible charisma ... but the great [film] about this woman who embraced faith, art, and science is yet to arrive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 12, 2011
Vision, a somber but beautifully rendered story of the life of 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, isn't a religious movie so much as a movie about people who take religion seriously.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 18, 2011
(A) portrayal of an immortal spirit thriving in a unique vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 3, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 3, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 17, 2010
Vision is shot through with issues of power - personal, political, spiritual. Which makes it a terrifically resonant work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 10, 2010
Von Trotta and Sukowa create a very nuanced study of Hildegard, one that imbues the figure with human foibles in a number sufficient to keep at bay any hagiographic impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 9, 2010
A reasonably effective presentation of the director's feminist view of a fascinating medieval figure, though one that's very deliberate in pacing and visually quite severe.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
December 5, 2010
A medieval pre-feminist nun who poked a few holes in the stained glass ceiling. Though there's little elbow room for nonbeliever audience comfort zones. And while Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Hildegard led the nuns out of a horny monastery.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 3, 2010
Barbara Sukowa brings her veteran presence to the role, and nicely fuses its dual nature, holy instrument and holy terror, the passive vessel of a higher power and the active force of the good mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
December 2, 2010
Vision takes a serious and mostly positive view of spirituality without uniformly endorsing the established Church, which is shown as a male-dominated political and business enterprise as much as a keeper of souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2010
Although this true story offers numerous opportunities for skepticism and irony, director Margarethe von Trotta accords Hildegard the respect of a proto-feminist forebear and frames her in golden light like a Vermeer painting.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 11, 2010
What we have here is the story of a very cool nun from a thousand years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2010
[A] superbly rendered and deeply absorbing religious drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 5, 2010
Hildegard is a fascinating character, and the movie's treatment of faith is complex and respectful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 4, 2010
Here's a rarity: a reverent, respectful biography of a medieval Benedictine nun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 4, 2010
A gorgeously filmed, surprisingly tough-minded portrait of the 12th-century Benedictine nun, scholar, mystic, and composer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 4, 2010
Trotta ... makes a choice to view Hildegard's life in its externals and reveal few of the thoughts behind her sometimes forbidding facade. We never know what she's thinking. That's tantalizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 22, 2010
Although von Trotta seems to regard von Bingen as some sort of medieval feminist precursor, there are enough fault lines in the portrayal to subvert hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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