A Prophet (Un prophete) Reviews

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January 13, 2018
A Prophet is not a fabulous film, but it is well worth seeing. Although it is 2 hours 29 minutes long and its story is not surprising, it is always riveting.
November 18, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 5, 2019
A taut, solidly crafted drama. Audiard's world is both fully realized and compelling, even if its consideration of Malik as some sort of modern day prophet seems halfhearted and ultimately beside the point.
July 23, 2019
It wasn't a whole lot of fun at the time, but it was utterly compelling. It never felt less than real. And months later, it sits well.
August 30, 2018
Usually, I don't much like films in which males throw violence at any problem that comes their way... But this is such an intensely mature piece of work featuring such intensely mature performances that I was too involved to let it bother me.
August 9, 2018
Rahim more than rises to the challenge of making Malik utterly compelling throughout his journey. Mr. Arestrup manages to use his physical frailty to convey enormous threat in a way no English-speaking star of that generation would be willing to match.
November 27, 2017
The director uses gritty in-your-face close-ups to immerse us in the daily routine of prison existence, which, like all minutely observed routines, is utterly compelling.
October 3, 2017
Un prophète, despite near-universal critical acclaim, languishes in an aesthetic no man's land.
July 12, 2013
But with its lush Alexandre Desplat score, deeply shadowed compositions, and fluid, understated camera movement, A Prophet is distinctly an Audiard construction.
April 25, 2012
December 30, 2010
This is a brutal prison crime drama that shows the transformation of a small-time criminal into a big-time crime boss.
October 6, 2010
A movie that has more in common with Jean Genet than Frantz Fanon, but there's enough insights into white colonial domination of Arab peoples to make this a cut above the standard prison melodrama. Highly recommended.
September 6, 2010
Like Goodfellas without the visual fizz, or Scarface played straight, this is, quite simply, one of the greatest prison films ever made.
August 17, 2010
An epic-styled comment on the practical side of getting through modern life, with spirituality and loyalty playing side parts to gaining raw skill.
August 11, 2010
... a riveting portrait of a prison education.
August 9, 2010
...a journey of hard-fought survival told with an unforgettable verve and originality.
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