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A sci-fi epic with palpable connections to the present, Hard to Be a God caps director Aleksei German's brilliant filmography with a final masterpiece. Read critic reviews

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Scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help a medieval civilization and rescue intellectuals.

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Critic Reviews for Hard to Be a God

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (2)

  • A profoundly, wilfully destabilising experience.

    January 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The result may be an awe-inspiring folly rather than a fully realised masterpiece, but it's radically out of the ordinary.

    August 9, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Oblique and dense in a manner that makes those other great Strugatsky-inspired films look like Star Wars episodes, the film relentlessly hammers out humanity's propensity for barbarism.

    August 8, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A monumental work from a monumental talent. Unmissable.

    August 7, 2015 | Rating: 5/5
  • German died before it was completed; it was finished by his wife and son, Aleksei German Jr, also a director. And to be honest, it's the kind of film that could kill off a fair few audience members as well.

    August 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is about observation: its powerless, farcical, unquenchable curiosity. And it's about - imagine a drama hewn from Heisenberg's uncertainty principle - how observers become actors or influencers, whether they want to or not.

    August 6, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 02, 2017
    Three hours of shit, piss, pleghm, blood and semen. It was an experience. If this sounds redactive, it's only because I was expecting something more from the intriguing premise. Alas I found the narrative incoherent and the characters are all so vile that I was never gripped (though I was never bored either). On a technical, physical and atmospheric level, the film is undoubtedly a huge success.
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