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Beyond The Hills Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 4, 2013
The final shot, with windshield wipers struggling to clean away a torrent of muddy water, suggests that no human agency is great enough to handle this world's misery.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 4, 2013
"Beyond the Hills" seethes with astonishment and rage at a broken society marooned between the 21st century and the 16th.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 4, 2013
It is a haunting movie, dealing with superstitions, possession, even exorcism, one in which Mungiu poses no easy answers, because there are none to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2013
It's an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 29, 2013
If you long for the bleak intelligence of an Ingmar Bergman film, where humankind is deeply flawed and God is indifferently silent and the landscape is cloaked in perpetual winter, then Beyond the Hills promises to be your cup of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 28, 2013
There are no easy villains or heroes in this sad and slow but forcefully told tale, which exhibits the same humanity Mungiu brought to 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, his abortion drama that won the 2007 Palme d'Or.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2013
A film that asks its viewer to consider the nature of good and evil, love and trust - and trust that turns into something like blind faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 15, 2013
The film offers rewards for the patient viewer as it examines conflicting visions of love played out in a remote faith-based community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 15, 2013
An austere but subtly textured retelling of a 2005 news story in which a young woman died during an exorcism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2013
Fascinating [and] anguishing ...
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 14, 2013
Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills" moves so effortlessly through the gnarly intersection of love, loss, God and godlessness that you barely notice how much he's doing, and with such effortless grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2013
Of all the movies culminating in a rite of exorcism, Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu's remarkable "Beyond the Hills" stands alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 11, 2013
One of the year's most powerful films.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 10, 2013
The complexity of the film's moral world makes the movie far more than a simple anti-religious screed.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 8, 2013
Beyond the Hills may be the best movie no one will want to see in 2013.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 8, 2013
The movie is a series of longueurs that don't add up to a grand design -- at 2-1/2 hours, it's unnecessarily repetitive -- but it has moments when the spiritual and the secular burst forth in stunning disarray.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 8, 2013
Mingiu used to be a journalist, and "Beyond the Hills" has the feel of real-life to it - no soaring soundtrack music, a cast full of everyday faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2013
Mungiu's quietly gripping film challenges expectations, refusing to merely lay forth an argument against benighted religion or to make Alina a simple victim.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 7, 2013
"Beyond the Hills" is a tough and engrossing work of realism, set in rural Romania in the dead of winter, but it also has some of the shadowy magic of an ancient folk tale.
| Original Score: 5/5
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March 7, 2013
Ultimately, the bleak universe conjured by Beyond the Hills is more compelling than what happens in it.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2013
What seems like the makings of a tawdry horror show becomes a subtle and moving exploration into the sacred and profane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 7, 2013
The deliberate pace Mungiu employs in this incredible work is so engrossing and quietly heartbreaking that its philosophical ending may come as a shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 7, 2013
Beyond The Hills has a rich understanding of the appeals and perils of religious values that provide structure and meaning to some while seeming cruel and irrational to outsiders.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Steven Boone
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2013
"Beyond the Hills" is an arthouse film from Romania, yet, in its slow, lurching progress toward a tragic exorcism, it is a stylistic nephew of America's "The Exorcist."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
March 5, 2013
A powerful and necessary act of reclamation.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
March 4, 2013
...at once more ambitious and flawed -- in other words, only 50 percent post-Palme slump.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 22, 2012
A cerebral melodrama of the most steely, bare and brutal kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 22, 2012
Running two-and-a-half engrossing hours, "Beyond the Hills" explores the push and pull between the collective and the individual, between faith and free will.
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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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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
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 20, 2012
Mungiu has few peers when it comes to formally rigorous nail-biters, but I'd like to see him tackle material he's more conflicted about.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2012
It maintains the movement's stylistic roots in no-frills naturalism and long single takes, but it makes a definitive break in terms of subject matter, tackling a timeless human drama in a contemporary setting.