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Beyond The Hills Reviews

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Drew McWeeny
HitFix
May 22, 2012
A pretty serious misstep, overthought and overwrought, with some big ideas buried beneath a leaden approach and a cast that simply can't enliven material that never manages to lurch to life.
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
May 22, 2012
A omething of a disappointment. The initially fascinating, ambiguous relationship between the two young women is overwhelmed by the hysteria spawned by her unflaggingly intense presence at the monastery
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 22, 2012
Assisted by passionless central performances and dull dialogue, Mungiu succeeds only in exhausting our patience, not in conveying a message.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Stan Hall
Oregonian
February 7, 2013
For all the arresting imagery and intensity on display here, there doesn't seem to be a point to this very long film beyond a very obvious one: showing just how terribly stupid and destructive belief can be when not underpinned by some measure of reason.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jon Frosch
France24
May 30, 2012
Mungiu loses himself in broader questions of religion and love, and after a gripping hour, he started to lose me too.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
The film's final act is joltingly effective. It just takes forever to get there, presumably by design.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 22, 2012
There are exchanges, ambiguities and a noggin-scratcher of a final shot that I'm still mulling over days later, but the sense that this ground has been trod over many times has shaken my faith a bit.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 22, 2012
The trouble with that is that Beyond the Hills seems like a movie that's been almost preconceived to be powerful. There's a grandiosity to it, but not much mystery.
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March 7, 2013
Ultimately, the bleak universe conjured by Beyond the Hills is more compelling than what happens in it.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Endlessly compelling and thought-provoking throughout its entire running time, even when it plunges the darkest, bleakest depths of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
You'd swear Mungiu has inherited the spirit of Ingmar Bergman. All that's missing is the stark black-and-white photography.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jamie Neish
HeyUGuys
October 16, 2012
Beyond the Hills may not be for everyone, but there's no denying that it's as intoxicating in its suggestions as it is alluring in its depiction of two people segregated by their differing beliefs
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 8, 2013
At times the pace of "Beyond the Hills" is nerve-wrackingly slow. But Mungiu has his own way of creating suspense, and he has a gift for making a known outcome as shocking as a twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 15, 2013
Mungiu's human comedy leaves off where it begins (spoiler alert): out in the middle of nowhere, no direction home.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
October 10, 2012
This singular director refuses to offer judgment or omniscient analysis. The film abounds with striking images and dry, dry humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
April 5, 2013
What makes this movie unique is that it holds literally everyone in the film accountable for the unfortunate goings on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 13, 2012
An exhausting, challenging, even draining but richly powerful film about a crisis between friendship and faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 17, 2013
An undeniably tough watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
March 7, 2013
Mungiu's narrative is simple and slow, but necessarily so.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
March 30, 2013
Mungiu works in long takes and at a measured pace, burying the story's true-crime origins for half the film's two-and-a-half-hour length.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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