Gutland (2017)

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Critic Reviews for Gutland

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

It fascinatingly blurs the line between fantasy and reality, from the eerie intro all the way through to a surprise finale that raises goosebumps.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

[Director Govinda] Van Maele is in no rush to get to the climax and he takes a long time to begin to build suspense, but the slow burn pays off in the end.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The ingredients for a good yarn are here: too bad Maele's focus is on getting that perfect shot.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

[An] assured hybrid of backwoods thriller and fantasy ...

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite some recognizable tropes of small-town transgressions and cultish persuasions, director Govinda Van Maele proves his skill through a subtle but palpable escalation of tension.

Nov 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the film's climax doesn't quite deliver the grand reveal that the rest of the film gestures towards, favouring a shaggy-dog ambivalence that gestures towards surreal ambiguity but perhaps more accurately masks creative indecision

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gutland

½

Here is what happens when you try to combine many different ideas but fail to extract truth from the whole, ending up with an uneven collection of scenes that work better separately but together only lead to a frustrating conclusion that feels weirdly thin, ambiguous and incomplete.

Carlos Magalhães
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