First Reformed Reviews

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December 26, 2018
First Reformed is a bleak, punishing movie and the furthest thing imaginable from an easy crowdpleaser. But Hawke juices it with an austere sense of grace.
July 19, 2018
Schrader is the divine mortal who wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. He's as passionate as ever; what he has lost is his discipline.
July 12, 2018
Yet ultimately it's so good, and the attention to truthfulness so intense, that Schrader writes himself into a narrative dead end and to a conclusion that bounces, within a few short minutes, from shocking to preposterous to silly to schmaltzy.
July 12, 2018
Shaker furniture in movie form - stark, plain, conceived in austere and intelligent good taste; beautifully made, in fact, but maybe more designed for looking at than actually sitting on.
July 10, 2018
Is it too early to call this Schrader's masterpiece?
June 7, 2018
The latest film from pugnacious director/writer Paul Schrader is as austere and revelatory as a church confessional...It's a bleak portrait of a man in the midst of a spiritual breakdown that is only slightly undone by its rather unsatisfying conclusion.
June 1, 2018
Ultimately its sheer archness reveals Paul Schrader as a gifted and deeply persuasive evangelist of the transcendental style - if not quite a canon saint.
June 1, 2018
"First Reformed" takes some wild, unexpected and uncomfortable turns in its final act that will surely shock some, anger others and disturb just about everyone. For Schrader, it shows that he's still got it. Welcome back.
May 31, 2018
First Reformed deserves all praise.
May 31, 2018
This is a movie about faith tested, and people trying to reconcile hope with a world that can feel hopeless. It's a film to be seen in a dark theater with an audience hushed in reverence of the power of cinema.
May 31, 2018
A "Taxi Driver" for the present day, with Hawke in a career-best performance.
May 31, 2018
Provocative and mesmerizing, "First Reformed" is a film that demands to be seen.
May 25, 2018
Is ambition is encouraging, and its dark musings are certainly provocative.
May 24, 2018
Schrader pulls no spiritual punches.
May 24, 2018
First Reformed begins to get really interesting when Schrader turns the tables on his hero-and us, and possibly himself.
May 24, 2018
"First Reformed," a mesmerizingly austere drama of one man's apocalyptic crisis of faith, feels like the movie Paul Schrader was put on this planet to make.
May 24, 2018
An act of spiritual inquiry, a coolly assured example of cinematic scholarship in subtly deployed motion and one of the strongest pictures of 2018.
May 24, 2018
"First Reformed" is an amazing examination of faith, a film that stays with you long after you have left the theater.
May 23, 2018
A direct expression from the soul onto celluloid, unvarnished and uncompromised, and Schrader's best film in years.
May 21, 2018
An embittered look at our world through the eyes of someone who's increasingly horrified to be a part of it, and a film that's one of the most searing experiences of the year.
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