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Disobedience Reviews

May 21, 2018
Ronit is rebellious, Esti is repressed-two points that Disobedience repeats over and over until the dynamic starts to feel caricatured.
May 17, 2018
A beautifully crafted tale that will make your heart ache, thanks to two standout leading performances and a great supporting one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2018
Lelio and the actors tell the story through fraught silences and meaningful glances, with Weisz and McAdams movingly conveying the feeling of being lost - and found - together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2018
Lelio's subdued approach to the material robs it of potential emotional power but also keeps the story grounded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2018
Lelio's film is about more than sex, or its perhaps easy ability to shock. It is a love story, as beautiful as it is devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2018
A simmering drama that never quite reaches full boil.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 10, 2018
Cuts deeper than your standard forbidden-love story, largely because the actors are so attuned to their characters' anguish.
May 10, 2018
A riveting story about love, happiness and difficult choices. Flawless performances from Weisz and McAdams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 4, 2018
Such great work from Weisz and McAdams -- and an equally stellar performance by Alessandro Nivola as Dovid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2018
If the film lacks a formidable emotional impact, that's partly by design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2018
There's nothing wrong with such a sober focus, but there's not much in it to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 3, 2018
The sexual tension between Ronit and Esti colors the entire film, and it's intense. Both Weisz and McAdams are terrific. But so is Nivola; the order of Dovid's world has been shaken.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2018
It's rare in film to see such a symbiosis between actresses - rare, because there are so few opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 3, 2018
Rachel Weisz's nuanced performance... overcomes the film's indecisive ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2018
Lelio's style seems careful and restrained in "Disobedience" - the colors are drab and muted, the characters speak enigmatically. But there's a bold flamboyance to his style even within the desaturated color palette and claustrophobic environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2018
What warmth there is - and it is considerable - radiates from its three lead performers and a script that treats each of the central characters as neither hero nor villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2018
Ultimately, the two women give in to their desires for one stolen afternoon. While their tryst is filmed poetically, the stilted buildup to it makes the sexual union feel unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2018
[Rachel] McAdams feels like an uncanny piece of casting, at least to me, who grew up nearby, though secular, in North London.
April 28, 2018
Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams brilliantly enact this tale of forbidden same-sex attraction in London's Orthodox Jewish community. No one who follows the groundbreaking trail that the movie blazes is going to shut up about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 27, 2018
A good old-fashioned melodrama, albeit with a quieter touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
April 26, 2018
Disobedience rests on the strengths of its two Rachels, and Weisz and McAdams deliver on what they're given.
April 26, 2018
Ultimately, this is a gently humane portrait of an enduring problem facing men and women in all manner of fundamentalist communities: the notion that choice has anything to do with who we desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 26, 2018
The possibilities for these characters are more varied than it initially seems, and "Disobedience" thoughtfully considers them all.
April 26, 2018
One of those rare films that benefits from taking its time to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 25, 2018
You notice the visual design but have no sense of - or feeling for - the faith binding these mourners.
April 25, 2018
With Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams starring as its furtive, inflamed lovers, Disobedience has pedigree to spare. But the result feels wonky and lopsided, as if several crucial scenes were left behind on the cutting-room floor.
April 25, 2018
It's a film that seems at first to be about one thing, but it transforms into something quite different and the journey is a compelling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2018
A quietly profound exploration of identity, sacrifice, and the personal connection all human beings long for, whether or not their God or their family or their community approves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
April 24, 2018
Disobedience provides a sensitive portrait of immigration by showing the precise ways returnees can feel like foreigners in places that were once their homes... But other beats are delivered with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.
September 22, 2017
I wish the rest of the movie felt as fully realized as [McAdams'] performance because, like the relationship at its center, there's potential here for something beautiful that feels just out of reach.
September 12, 2017
Both Weisz and McAdams do a phenomenal job of negotiating who their characters are versus who their characters feel as though they have to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 11, 2017
Beautifully acted by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola as the three points of a melancholy romantic triangle, this is a deeply felt drama that exerts a powerful grip.
September 11, 2017
"Disobedience" may not catapult Lelio beyond the arthouse world, but it's yet another triumph in what's shaping up to be a major career.