Andrei Rublev Reviews

August 27, 2018
You may dread being ground down by this extraordinary film, but fear not. It will bear you aloft.
August 21, 2018
It evinces a complex understanding of spirituality and faith that would inform all of Andrei Tarkovsky's subsequent films.
August 21, 2018
Tarkovsky's version of an indifferent world is inflected with the spirituality that is ever-present in his work, a sense that while we may be on our own, we are never quite alone.
March 4, 2015
You can object to [Tarkovsky's] vision as messianic and sometimes fundamentalist. It is hard, however, to mock the impact of his films.
August 26, 2013
Tarkovsky makes his film one of the most convincing portrayals in art of an artist; he succeeds by concentrating on the man's humanity.
August 26, 2013
It is not a film that needs to be processed or even understood, only experienced and wondered at.
February 9, 2006
Rublev was a minor icon-painter of the early 1400s. Tarkovsky re-imagines him as a Christ-like cypher for the sufferings of a divided Russia under the Tartar invaders.
May 9, 2005
Since there always seems to be more going on in the head of the film's director than in the head of the man playing Andrei, the system did not work for me.
April 9, 2005
Stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky.
October 27, 2004
The notion of art as a 'religious experience' is sometimes bandied about too freely. Tarkovsky is one of a handful of filmmakers for whom this ideal was no cheap metaphor.
July 3, 2004
Perfection lingers in each frame as Tarkovsky crafts one of the finest films ever made, an ecstatic story about art that has little interest in the artist himself, but in the power of art to transcend the age that produces it.
July 3, 2004
It's Tarkovsky's lighter touches, coupled with his majestic vision, that makes Andrei Rublev such compulsive viewing some 25 years after its original release.