Force Majeure Reviews

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October 17, 2018
Rarely has a film taken men to the woodshed for their failings with such a mix of disgust, pity, and wit, the last of which is the key ingredient that helps make Force Majeure such a unique high-wire balancing act.
April 21, 2015
If anything undermines this knowing comedy of manners, it is the sense that it prides itself on being a knowing comedy of manners.
April 12, 2015
The acting is impeccably controlled, with leads Kuhnke and Kongsli sympathetically establishing the genteel, only slightly self-satisfied blandness of their characters, then tracing the cracks that spread in their makeup.
April 10, 2015
We say thriller: but don't expect The French Connection.
April 10, 2015
Östlund and his superb cast have made an odd, gripping movie. Let it rock your world.
April 9, 2015
Ruben Ostlund's subtle and probing drama lays bare the tensions and misunderstandings in a seemingly happy marriage over the course of a week's skiing holiday.
April 9, 2015
[A] superb black comedy.
April 9, 2015
We shouldn't relish others' misery this much.
April 9, 2015
An essentially hollow contrivance, more concerned with pushing hot buttons and sparking discussion than organically developing characters or probing complex issues.
April 9, 2015
Ruben Östlund's icily disturbing family drama, set in an upscale ski resort in the French Alps, is a disaster movie without a disaster.
April 6, 2015
A brittle black comedy that has plenty to say about modern manhood and the human survival instinct.
November 21, 2014
For a comedy about emotional pain, this is neither discomforting nor terribly funny, and the satire of bourgeois complacency doesn't cut very deep.
November 20, 2014
Ultimately, "Force Majeure" becomes a thoughtful examination, through Tomas and Ebba, of the person who lives inside each of us, emerging only in the most unguarded moments - and not always a person we want to acknowledge.
November 20, 2014
"Force Majeure" is both funny and sad, often in the same glance-averted instant. See it with someone you'd trust to stick around in an avalanche. It's one of the highlights of 2014.
November 17, 2014
[A] confident and provocative piece that, as I'm hardly the first critic to point out, you should think twice about choosing as a date movie.
November 7, 2014
Östlund has an exquisite eye for the intimate, nonverbal communication between couples through their posture, gestures, their eyes.
November 6, 2014
The film gets its biggest laughs -- and there truly are some grandly bleak belly-shakers here -- by upsetting the apple cart on traditional gender roles.
November 6, 2014
"Force Majeure" leaves the audience squirming - in all the very best ways.
November 6, 2014
Ostlund has a keen eye for human behavior that exacerbates marital discord and dysfunction.
November 3, 2014
Little but the children's fear of their parents' separation has any dramatic weight.
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