Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) Reviews

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February 7, 2021
The power and the glory of "Corpus Christi" reside in the film's leading man, whose ineffable combination of wildness and purity makes for an absolutely electrifying central performance.
October 21, 2020
It's Shane, with more vodka and fewer horses. It's as Polish as a cabbage roll, yet startlingly universal.
April 24, 2020
Even when events get intense, even violent, and they do, there's nothing abrupt. "Corpus Christi" never erupts. It unfolds.
March 26, 2020
Bielenia's damp-eyed performance is the broken heart of this restrained and low-key narrative.
March 4, 2020
A quite interesting and irresistible movie, a sort of cross between Paul Schrader's recent film of spiritual crisis, "First Reformed," and Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can."
February 29, 2020
I really like this film... Beautifully shot.
February 27, 2020
Directed by Jan Komasa in only his third feature and starring a complexly compelling Bartosz Bielenia, this is a blistering drama, intense, disturbing and inescapably thought-provoking, a film that gets its power from a merging of potent opposites.
February 24, 2020
This is a movie that wants you to think about what redemption really means. And it has a lead... [that's] your new Hot Priest, Eastern European Division.
February 21, 2020
[I]t deviates enough from formula-especially in its arresting ending, which takes full advantage of Bielenia's haunted visage-to be worth seeing.
February 21, 2020
It is to the credit of writer Mateusz Pacewicz-and Komasa, and the utterly convincing Belenia, whose face could have inspired Goya-that little which happens is what we expect, or necessarily want, but the film will resonate persistently.
February 19, 2020
Bielenia is never less than totally compelling.
February 19, 2020
It's a film that engages with the dour without becoming bitter, and a film that allows for redemption but only through the hardest possible work.
February 18, 2020
Shot in a grim, desaturated palette, this Polish film, directed by Jan Komasa, addresses big issues of conscience and morality.
February 16, 2020
It's within the murky realm of self-doubt and spiritual anxiety that it's at its most audacious and compelling.
February 7, 2020
"Corpus Christi" is neither a parable nor an allegory, yet image after image seems charged with intent, from the opening shot... to the climax, an apocalyptic welter of fire and blood.
February 4, 2020
An understated, fierce masterpiece that deserves to be remembered as one of the finest films of 2019.
January 14, 2020
The result males for a powerful, deservedly Oscar-nominated drama, and a launching pad for fresh-to-American-audiences young actor Bartosz Bielenia in the soul-contorting lead role.
October 20, 2019
It's flawless storytelling, effortlessly played and with a rousing, if bloody, conclusion.
October 17, 2019
Often moving but also disquieting and even intermittently funny, this drama unfurls a spiritual parable that is uniquely Polish but accessible to all.
September 7, 2019
The finale is a gut-punch, but it arrives too long after Komasa has already exhausted most of his story's, and leading man's, energy.
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