An Ordinary Man Reviews

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April 14, 2018
Every time An Ordinary Man seems to be headed into a minefield of clichés, it takes an unexpected detour and the film's final such excursion comes like a gut-punch.
April 13, 2018
Nothing in An Ordinary Man rings true; not the location, nor the performances nor the story.
April 13, 2018
Kingsley's domineering lead performance is worth the price of admission alone, although "An Ordinary Man" is actually a two-hander...
April 12, 2018
Kingsley delivers such a riveting performance that it becomes easy to overlook the film's less compelling aspects.
April 12, 2018
Kingsley is certainly committed to the arc of tough guy stripped bare, but his gifts aren't served well by an artificially studious attempt at applying Understanding 101 logic to a perpetrator of atrocities.
April 12, 2018
A head-scratcher that ends with a shoulder-shrug, "An Ordinary Man" feels like a scene-study exercise in which two actors invest full measures in a script that's only half finished.
February 4, 2019
Played with bristling charisma by Ben Kingsley, the eponymous protagonist of this unusual chamber drama is anything but ordinary.
October 31, 2018
A flawed film, saved by two great performances and a short running time. Kingsley manages to do a lot with very little so if you're a fan, no need to pass this by entirely.
June 15, 2018
This character-focused, thoughtful drama moves at a stately pace.
April 26, 2018
Kingsley gives a hammy performance.
April 20, 2018
Ben Kingsley again demonstrates his versatility, but even his best effort can't bring much sympathy to this redemption story.
April 18, 2018
I suppose there is something to be said about the juxtaposition of such incredible physical beauty and the ugliness of the actions in support of it. But in the end, there's still not much to be said, period.
April 16, 2018
But this is Kingsley's show, he launches from rant to rant like a cannon's fusillade, only allowing himself one or two scant moments of subtlety.
April 13, 2018
The General's motives are simplified to such a degree that the movie comes close to excusing him.
April 12, 2018
More a strident star vehicle than a serious study of the effect of genocidal cruelty on its perpetrators and their victims.
April 12, 2018
If this were a legit biopic of just about anybody, it'd be a hugely irresponsible portrayal. But in fiction, eh, whaddaya gonna do.
April 12, 2018
It has its moments, but in the end the threads don't mesh.
April 12, 2018
There's sophistication in the study of guilt and emotional isolation, but the feature is alarmingly simple and repetitive, with Silberling laboring to fill his effort with anything that could inflate the material into something substantial.
April 11, 2018
Kingsley and Hilmar ensure we believe this by delivering three-dimensional performances we're used to seeing on the heroic side.
April 9, 2018
Yes, deep down, even brutal war criminals like the one played by Ben Kingsley are people too.
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