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Hors Satan (Outside Satan) Reviews

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July 26, 2015
A haunting meditation on a controversial way of dealing with religious matters by a healer posing as a holy man, who blurs the line between right and wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 8, 2014
Dumont's final feature with the late Dewaele is as hypnotic as their collaboration in "Hadewijch," another lucid hallucination splendid with sex, demons and landscapes that could have been painted centuries ago.
August 2, 2013
I find the movie mind-blowing, though it will likely alienate as many viewers as it impresses.
January 30, 2013
God works in strange ways, especially when Bruno Dumont directs him. Or is that the devil?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2013
The ambiguity of the episodic story with its sparse dialog, combined with the visually stunning landscape photography, makes "Hors Satan" a compelling, if overly long, composition.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 24, 2013
"Hors Satan" could be grouped with Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light" (itself based on Dreyer's "Ordet") and the films of Robert Bresson, but his minimalism makes his meaning more elusive, inviting less emotion than those filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 18, 2013
It's difficult to feel transported by the impossible when the film's world is already so clearly governed by the arbitrary.
January 18, 2013
Controversial yet meditative French drama makes inscrutability its raison d'etre.
January 18, 2013
Inarticulate characters, long blank stares, forced camera angles and allegorical nonsense make up this pretentious study in quasi-religious ennui.
January 18, 2013
Maddening, pretentious, hypnotic and transcendent in roughly equal measure.
January 17, 2013
Despite its pictorial intensity and the extremity of some of its scenes, the film proceeds in a mood of detachment, turning the suffering physical beings under its scrutiny into abstractions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
January 17, 2013
Hors Satan is stark, strange and uncompromisingly personal. It's also vivid and unforgettable.
January 17, 2013
As its title suggests, Satan grapples with the existence and nature of evil in the world, but it's hard to take such weighty matters seriously when they're explored with all the subtlety and grace of an anti-abortion pamphlet.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 16, 2013
Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 15, 2013
Ultimately less an arty provocation than a secular invocation, Outside Satan seems almost helplessly exploratory, an honest account of groping for grace.
January 15, 2013
The promise Dumont once showed has ossified into unholy shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 15, 2013
Provocative French filmmaker Dumont pushes boundaries even further with an astonishing approach to the Christian narrative (the title translates as Outside Satan), mixing the sacred and profane to shake up audiences and get us thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 14, 2013
The problem with "Outside Satan" is that the filmmaker has remained faithful to expectations without enlivening them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 14, 2013
Bruno Dumont's employment of his bucolic French backdrop here attends to Hors Satan's muddying spiritual ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2013
[Dumont's] sixth film and perhaps his most compelling ...
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