A Hidden Life Reviews

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January 20, 2020
Malick links the lonely labour of working the land with the thanklessness of sainthood, asking questions about devotion, tradition and individual acts of resistance.
January 20, 2020
It quickly becomes clear Franz's faith will not waver, and any suspense that the stoic farmer might bend to save his skin soon evaporates
January 20, 2020
It's a deeply moving story but the ponderous pace, endless introspection and almost three-hour running time will definitely damage its commercial prospects.
January 20, 2020
The film is beautifully shot, acted and directed, and you come out with a moral dilemma. But it's three hours long and a lot is unsaid. Which is why you have to be in the mood for a Terrence Malick movie.
January 20, 2020
Matters spiritual have long fascinated Mr. Malick, who uses his familiar box of cinematic tricks to draw out this moving story, at times magnificently.
January 20, 2020
Ultimately, this film feels as much an exercise in self-indulgence as storytelling.
January 18, 2020
It's all incredibly deep and poetic, and I would expect nothing less from a Malick film. August Diehl's performance as Franz is utterly shattering, as he embodies the conflict and the serenity of a man of faith and morality.
January 17, 2020
It is the best thing he's done in a long time, and it is very very Terrence Malick, for all the good and bad that that means.
January 17, 2020
It does have a certain hypnotic, cumulative power - it may just be all those mountains - if you can stick with it. But there is no guarantee that you will be able to.
January 17, 2020
As the bullets finally fly and the ropes begin to tighten, what we do know is that as much as we've failed, we've at least fooled ourselves into making peace.
January 17, 2020
A Hidden Life looks fantastic, the acting is impressive - but as a slice of storytelling it's almost stubbornly protracted, and offers little insight into Jägerstätter's act of martyrdom.
January 16, 2020
Terrence Malick's latest is a magnetic, contemplative and epic film that asks big, timely questions coupled with fantastic technical credits and performances.
January 16, 2020
There's a brilliant 90-minute film hiding in this 170-minute endurance test.
January 16, 2020
An exquisitely emotional and thorough account of an individual resisting state fascism.
January 15, 2020
Award-winning writer-director Terrence Malick takes aim at autocrats who demand, above all, personal loyalty, in this anti-fascist saga of an Austrian farmer who refuses to swear allegiance to Adolph Hitler during World War II.
January 15, 2020
typically frustrating
January 15, 2020
Eyes may instinctively roll at Malick's fixation with magical dawn and dusk light - confronted by real darkness, the result is his best film in years.
January 13, 2020
If happy endings and superficial adventure are your thing, look elsewhere.
January 13, 2020
A Hidden Life is both an important film and a frustrating one.
January 13, 2020
If you don't like Malick's movies, A Hidden Life won't convert you. But this is the filmmaker on sublime form, putting his artistry and obsessions at the service of something frighteningly relevant.
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