The Believer Reviews

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February 3, 2018
... stars an astonishing Ryan Gosling...
October 15, 2009
An exploration of what it means to be Jewish and what it means to hate - two separate subjects that happen to overlap in this case.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
No polemic, the movie puts our own religious sensibilities and prejudices to the test. The result is arresting, prickly, vaguely funny, even - 'difficult' in the best sense.
August 16, 2002
An important movie, a reminder of the power of film to move us and to make us examine our values.
August 16, 2002
[Gosling's] combination of explosive physical energy and convincing intelligence helps create a complex, unpredictable character.
July 20, 2002
One of the year's most thought-provoking, hard-hitting films, gutsily opening up a subject rarely done with this kind of all-out chutzpah.
July 12, 2002
A somewhat crudely constructed but gripping, questing look at a person so racked with self-loathing, he becomes an enemy to his own race.
June 14, 2002
Blessed with a searing lead performance by Ryan Gosling (Murder by Numbers), the movie is powerful and provocative. It's also built on a faulty premise, one it follows into melodrama and silliness.
June 14, 2002
Ryan Gosling ... is at 22 a powerful young actor.
June 13, 2002
It's a raw, deeply felt portrait of self-loathing turned inside out.
June 13, 2002
See it. Debate it. Remember it.
June 7, 2002
Bean's film concentrates almost entirely on the externals -- the bluster, the swagger -- when the story he is treating just begs for full, detailed, potentially explosive emotional and psychological scrutiny.
June 7, 2002
Easily the most thoughtful fictional examination of the root causes of anti-Semitism ever seen on screen.
June 1, 2002
A cinematic sucker punch.
May 31, 2002
An amazing and incendiary movie that dives straight into the rough waters of contradiction.
May 30, 2002
Mr. Bean's diagnosis of Jewish self-hatred in The Believer may be misdirected in the present circumstances.
May 24, 2002
It is a challenging film, if not always a narratively cohesive one.
May 22, 2002
Definitely worth seeing.
May 17, 2002
This fiery and imperfect feature shines as a demonstration of independent filmmaking at its most uncompromising.
May 17, 2002
A bad movie -- really a terrible movie -- with a daring idea behind it.
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