Disobedience Reviews

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December 4, 2018
It reinforces the old Thomas Wolfe cliché that you can't go home again, but it does so with emotional vivacity and richly compelling context.
November 30, 2018
It's pretty dismal all told.
June 15, 2018
A great love story requires high stakes, like any other story, and this one delivers.
May 25, 2018
The film gets the exterior structures of religion, and even gets the idea of belief, but fails to grasp its content...Of course, such considerations are easy to overlook when a decade's worth of repressed sexuality is bubbling over.
May 21, 2018
Ronit is rebellious, Esti is repressed-two points that Disobedience repeats over and over until the dynamic starts to feel caricatured.
May 17, 2018
A beautifully crafted tale that will make your heart ache, thanks to two standout leading performances and a great supporting one.
May 16, 2018
Lelio and the actors tell the story through fraught silences and meaningful glances, with Weisz and McAdams movingly conveying the feeling of being lost - and found - together.
May 13, 2018
Lelio's subdued approach to the material robs it of potential emotional power but also keeps the story grounded.
May 11, 2018
Lelio's film is about more than sex, or its perhaps easy ability to shock. It is a love story, as beautiful as it is devastating.
May 11, 2018
A simmering drama that never quite reaches full boil.
May 10, 2018
Cuts deeper than your standard forbidden-love story, largely because the actors are so attuned to their characters' anguish.
May 10, 2018
A riveting story about love, happiness and difficult choices. Flawless performances from Weisz and McAdams.
May 4, 2018
Such great work from Weisz and McAdams -- and an equally stellar performance by Alessandro Nivola as Dovid.
May 3, 2018
If the film lacks a formidable emotional impact, that's partly by design.
May 3, 2018
The sexual tension between Ronit and Esti colors the entire film, and it's intense. Both Weisz and McAdams are terrific. But so is Nivola; the order of Dovid's world has been shaken.
May 3, 2018
It's rare in film to see such a symbiosis between actresses - rare, because there are so few opportunities.
May 3, 2018
Rachel Weisz's nuanced performance... overcomes the film's indecisive ending.
May 1, 2018
Lelio's style seems careful and restrained in "Disobedience" - the colors are drab and muted, the characters speak enigmatically. But there's a bold flamboyance to his style even within the desaturated color palette and claustrophobic environment.
May 1, 2018
What warmth there is - and it is considerable - radiates from its three lead performers and a script that treats each of the central characters as neither hero nor villain.
April 30, 2018
Ultimately, the two women give in to their desires for one stolen afternoon. While their tryst is filmed poetically, the stilted buildup to it makes the sexual union feel unearned.
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