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Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
November 12, 2003
a family saga told with all the muscle of the best Sergio Leone western.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 12, 2003
A sumptuously filmed parable on the futility of violence.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A bleak, beautiful cinematic fable driven by the brutal logic of blood feuds and transformed by an overpowering sense of wonder.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
July 13, 2002
Gets away with its shortfalls almost solely on the basis of its cinematography.
| Original Score: 73/100
Christopher Null
June 15, 2002
Poignant and touching.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
May 4, 2002
[An] example of how old-fashioned cinema can still be quietly thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 3, 2002
Salles' movie taps into matters that are at once ancient and mythical and, needless to say, headline-fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rod Armstrong
April 26, 2002
As a story about two warring families, it is poignant, beautifully shot, and powerful. As an allegory reflecting on the cycles of violence that threaten all of our futures, it is absolutely necessary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Neil Smith
April 22, 2002
Full of poetic imagery, dazzling photography and heartfelt performances from a mostly unknown cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 19, 2002
There isn't a line that doesn't echo with heavy meaning or a character that has a life outside his or her dramatic purpose in this allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 19, 2002
Salles is a fine director with the ability to invest moments with a sense of tragedy and inexorable fate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 19, 2002
Salles here gives a story of inter-familial feuding and violence the kind of resonance that readily invites a leap to wider implications.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Renee Graham
Boston Globe
April 19, 2002
Poignant and wrenching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 18, 2002
Salles ... has found the beauty not only in this terrible place, but in a story by novelist Ismail Kadaré that originally was set in Albania.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2002
Salles ... has crafted a compelling existential tableau.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 23, 2002
At once sharp and hallucinatory and, though deliberate and self-consciously 'artistic,' quite affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2002
A rewarding parable on the futility of revenge and the redemptive power of self-sacrificing love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic
David Rooney
October 21, 2008
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
Top Critic

Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002

Sight and Sound
August 8, 2002
Adam Nayman
May 13, 2002

Boston Phoenix
April 20, 2002
March 25, 2002

March 18, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 21, 2002
Nathaniel Rogers
December 24, 2001
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