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First Reformed (2018)


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Ex-military chaplain Toller is tortured by the loss of son he encouraged to enlist, and struggles with his faith. A faith that's challenged befriending a radical environmentalist, Michael, and upon learning of his church's complicity with unscrupulous corporations. When Michael unexpectedly commits suicide, Toller decides to continue and set in motion Michael's perilous plan during a gathering of corporate heads at his church's historic reconsecration. A mission that may finally restore the faith and purpose he so longs for....


Critic Reviews for First Reformed

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

Quieter and more sensitive than anything else Schrader has directed, with Ethan Hawke giving one of his finest and most moving performances in the lead role.

September 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A film of fascinating conversations, anchored by Hawke's completely genuine performance.

September 14, 2017 | Full Review…

A fascinating meditation on inner turmoil in which doing the right thing can lead down many wrong directions.

August 31, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The sort of stimulating work that a writer-director of a certain age can deliver when he returns to his creative sweet spot; rejoice, Schrader fans, rejoice.

August 31, 2017 | Full Review…

In "First Reformed," Paul Schrader courts respectability and leaves it in the dust, getting stoned on excess. But make no mistake: He's still one hell of a filmmaker.

August 30, 2017 | Full Review…

There's not quite enough oomph or style in the filmmaking to make you forget about the schematic nature of the dramatic construct.

August 30, 2017 | Full Review…

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