Cold War (Zimna wojna) Reviews

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September 13, 2019
Incredibly sexy. It's nice to see a movie that's actually about passion.
February 8, 2019
[Director Pawel] Pawlikowski movies history along with great economy and visual panache.
February 1, 2019
"Cold War" captivates and transcends barriers of language and culture. It's a gorgeous tale as rocky as it is romantic.
January 25, 2019
Heart-thumping: the passion on display is of all sorts, a steady flame against the cold.
January 25, 2019
What struck home the most forcefully for me in "Cold War" is its depiction, insidious and unrelenting, of how artists under communism suffered for their art. At its best, the film is like a bulletin from a benighted world.
January 24, 2019
Pawlikowski remains a director to watch and Cold War is a film to watch again and again.
January 19, 2019
What the film is doing is recognizing their indelible life force and originality; it's a cri de coeur hurled toward an increasingly hidebound and emotionally stunted era of Western civilization.
January 18, 2019
It's as verbally spare as it is visually spellbinding.
January 18, 2019
If Kulig, who resembles Jessica Chastain, were American, Hollywood would be offering her everything.
January 17, 2019
"Cold War" suffices as a simple filmic jewel of a story, about a couple swimming hard against the currents of history and governments until they only have each other to cling to.
January 16, 2019
"Cold War" is a near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that's both deeply personal and politically attuned.
January 16, 2019
Cinematographer Lukasz Zal finds a chilly, etched beauty in every frame; you're struck by how snow seems to stroke and soften a harsh landscape, and by the poignancy of wind ruffling the grass in a quiet field.
January 15, 2019
Through "Cold War," Pawlikowski shows us the beauty in an ugly time, and then he makes us wait and wonder if the characters will ever see it, too.
January 15, 2019
"Cold War" devastates all the same, and its meditations on what might have been and what could never be haunt long after the gutting final frame.
January 7, 2019
Political freedom, long dreamed of, brings little release.
Top Critic
December 21, 2018
Although it leaves you wanting more, Cold War is a film that is both illuminating and haunting at the same time.
December 20, 2018
Passionate, tempestuous, haunting and assured, this latest from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski explores, as did his Oscar-winning "Ida," Poland's recent past, resulting in a potent emotional story with political overtones that plays impeccably today.
Top Critic
December 20, 2018
Cold War is an ode to joylessness that feels historically credible but narratively arbitrary.
December 20, 2018
It's Pawlikowski second-straight masterwork, only one with a critical if seldom-seen error. His movie is too short.
December 20, 2018
Its greatest strengths, though, are its two knockout leads, who give the story its heat, its flesh and its heartbreak.
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