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A Prophet (Un prophete) Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2010
A movie that stands with the best prison thrillers from any country; a film that vividly illustrates the connection between prison and the violent, radical form of Islam that keeps much of Europe on edge.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 2, 2010
Audiard has talked about the prospects of a sequel to A Prophet. With the foundation he has built here, it would be a welcome one.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 1, 2010
A Prophet is essential viewing for art-film buffs and crime-flick fans, but also for anyone who's looking for a great story, terrific acting and masterful filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 26, 2010
The success of Malik is sheer American dream via France: Anyone can make it if they try hard enough. Make it at what, of course, is always the question.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 19, 2010
Audiard never overplays the new experiences facing Malik, be they violent or touching. Yet his tender regard for our complicated hero shines through.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 17, 2010
The film never succumbs to the pitfalls of the prison-movie genre, and there's something poetic about how Audiard, in the midst of all this violence, manages to make a punch to the stomach seem like the most violent act of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
March 15, 2010
A really satisfying, meaty film.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 12, 2010
A Prophet solidifies director Jacques Audiard's standing as a criminal mastermind whose work leaves genre classifications in the dust.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 12, 2010
Although these aren't characters with whom filmgoers will have an instinctive rooting interest, Rahim and Arestrup imbue them with fascinating nuances and, in Rahim's case, surprising vulnerability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 12, 2010
French director Jacques Audiard's grim, disturbing prison picture slices through gangster clichés to hit raw nerve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 12, 2010
In Jacques Audiard's haunting prison drama A Prophet, we watch a young man transformed by life behind bars.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 12, 2010
Rahim, with only a few film and TV roles behind him, gives a performance of startling force and subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
March 5, 2010
Tremendously watchable cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 5, 2010
An object lesson in how prison can serve as a finishing school for crooks.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 5, 2010
Amidst the gloom, urgently summoning our attention, is one of the most impressive performances of recent times, by relative newcomer Tahar Rahim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 4, 2010
If his two previous films suggested a director dipping a few toes in dark waters, Un Prophete marks the moment when Audiard took the plunge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 4, 2010
This is a class of movie that operates on a higher plane than its peers. I wrestled with it. But on some level it's here to be wrestled with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 4, 2010
Writer-director Jacques Audiard manages to replicate The Godfather's most elusive element, not the dark comedy or the operatic bloodletting, but the incremental corruption of a decent man into a willful, coldhearted killer.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 4, 2010
A Prophet pushes its protagonist into circumstances he did not choose but in which he watches and learns and kills and eventually becomes all he can be, albeit criminally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 4, 2010
The newcomer Rahim is an enigma. What is he thinking? I believe that's the quality Audiard wants. He's a newly poured man, and when the mold sets, it happens inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 4, 2010
A Prophet is as gripping as any recent film about crime and criminals, although its ill-focused attempts to incorporate elements of the supernatural (prophetic visions and ghostly apparitions) are bizarre and ineffective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 26, 2010
Rahim and Arestrup are both so outstanding that if this were an English-language film, they'd probably be nominated for Oscars, too. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/02/26/2010-02-26_short_takes_a_prophet_art_of_the_steal_y
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 26, 2010
A Prophet is a compelling piece of naturalistic filmmaking, claustrophobic and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2010
An answered prayer for those who believe that revitalizing classic forms with contemporary attitudes makes for the most compelling kind of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
February 26, 2010
A Prophet is uncompromising in its style, story and characterizations.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 26, 2010
A highly original film made in a familiar context, and an exciting moviegoing experience you shouldn't miss.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 26, 2010
Director Jacques Audiard scores a triumph of the highest order with the defiant poetry of his vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 26, 2010
Stephane Fontaine's hand-held lensing complements Audiard's in-your-face bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 25, 2010
A Prophet is one of those rare films in which the moral stakes are as insistent and thought through as the aesthetic choices.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 25, 2010
Thoroughly absorbing, exciting, even poetic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 24, 2010
A quietly stunning saga that won the Grand Prix last year at Cannes and is a worthy Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film...
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
February 23, 2010
The film is deficient in form and content-not naturalistic so much as neutered, less revisionist than rote.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 22, 2010
Jacques Audiard's film, which lasts two and a half hours, maintains an unflagging urgency, stalling only when the double-dealing grows too dense.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 15, 2010
Rahim is an exciting, unpredictable presence, and Arestrup's César has a stature that's nearly Shakespearean.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 22, 2010
The sheer force of Audiard's direction can support such enigmas. It forces you, bullies you, persuades you to love his filmmaking style - even if not always to understand his motives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2009
Audiard's sensationally directed set pieces and the quietly compelling performance by Rahim hold interest throughout
| Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Kaufman
indieWIRE
May 16, 2009
Successfully balancing art-film portraiture with a gangster picture's plot, the film may be one of the more conventional movies in this year's Cannes competition, it's also been one of the more satisfying.
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
May 16, 2009
French master Jacques Audiard has challenged the thus-far mostly middling Cannes competition with a powerful prison drama that's an old-fashioned Bildungsroman in in-your-face, intensely realistic disguise.