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Beyond The Hills Reviews

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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.
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
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
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-
May 30, 2012
Mungiu loses himself in broader questions of religion and love, and after a gripping hour, he started to lose me too.
April 28, 2015
The film's final act is joltingly effective. It just takes forever to get there, presumably by design.
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.
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.
Top Critic
March 7, 2013
Ultimately, the bleak universe conjured by Beyond the Hills is more compelling than what happens in it.
August 21, 2017
In lesser hands than Mungiu's, the film might have become a simple indictment of religious orthodoxy. . . The story told by [Director Cristian] Mungiu, one of the best contemporary directors in Europe, is more complicated, and interesting.
August 9, 2017
This is more than an exorcism gone bad, though it does.
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
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-
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
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
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
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
January 9, 2018
Beyond the Hills is gorgeously austere and often exhilarating in its its slow-burning atmosphere of dread and sorrow. It
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
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
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