A Gentle Creature Reviews

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April 18, 2018
The film gives us a rich, clammy idea of Russia's horrors as we follow a woman (Vasilina Makovtseva) into a bureaucratic hell.
April 10, 2018
Leading man Neumann is a find in his screen debut, with the looks of 'Liberty Valance'-era Lee Van Cleef.
April 10, 2018
After two-and-a-half hours of punishing, brutal drama, you'll probably feel almost as battered as the poor heroine.
May 26, 2017
When she realises that her odyssey is pointless and that there are far more pressing concerns in Mother Russia than a missing prisoner, Loznitsa takes a bold stylistic U-turn before unloading a final shotgun cartridge to the face in a silly coda.
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May 26, 2017
The sheer scope of the project demands recognition. It misses the moon by a galaxy, but at least it is has the nerve to take the shot.
May 25, 2017
Krotkaya is a vision of hell, conducted with the horrible brio of an angry parody by Shostakovich.
November 8, 2018
A Gentle Creature is an arduous watch indeed and will leave you a certain nausea that takes a while to go away. However, its mysterious ways, bolstered with a bit of psychedelic surrealism, makes it notable.
November 8, 2018
A disturbing, absorbing but difficult watch.
August 27, 2018
A Gentle Creature truly is a grotesque, Kafka-esque nightmare vision, a nihilistic yowl of pain.
April 18, 2018
It's not an easy film to watch, packed with symbolism and references that will be lost on most Western viewers.
April 17, 2018
A Gentle Creature is too overblown with its anti-Russia stance, consistently missing the intended target of the country's suffocating bureaucracy in order to portray ordinary Russians as being as corrupt as those in charge.
April 14, 2018
This challenging film requires some patience but the reward is a portrait of Russia that feels like a howl of anguish.
April 13, 2018
[A Gentle Creature] is a wonderfully strange and thought-provoking cinematic experience.
April 12, 2018
Putting a Grimm slant on a Dostoevskian fable, Sergei Loznitsa exposes the Russian soul to pitiless scrutiny in this gruelling odyssey.
April 12, 2018
It's a fitfully interesting insight into a determined woman's fight for justice but, with its corruption and frustrating cycles of fruitless administration, this is best read as an allegory of Russia itself, which could hardly be more topical.
April 11, 2018
A Gentle Creature has a warped, nightmarish-like feel anyway.
April 9, 2018
A bleak, angry epic painting a despairing state-of-the-nation portrait of a Russia that feels more like a lawless frontier state than a modern nation.
September 28, 2017
The film, which starts out naturalistically and gradually transmogrifies into a surrealistic political fable, recounts the horrific saga of an unnamed woman.
May 30, 2017
In one facet as in another, its 140 minutes of footage are insufferable. [Full review in Spanish]
May 30, 2017
A film of unsustainable and unpleasant 143 minutes. [Full review in Spanish]
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