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Hors Satan (Outside Satan) Reviews

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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 4, 2013
It is hard to be certain who the characters are, where they come from and how they know each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 18, 2013
Inarticulate characters, long blank stares, forced camera angles and allegorical nonsense make up this pretentious study in quasi-religious ennui.
December 28, 2012
The films of Bruno Dumont are an acquired taste that many of us have yet to acquire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 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
January 15, 2013
The promise Dumont once showed has ossified into unholy shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 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
August 17, 2011
The question raised by Dumont in Outside Satan isn't, 'Would we recognise our saviour if he came back to Earth?', but rather, 'How would we tell him apart from the devil?" Are these thoughtful digressions worth the film's general unpleasantness? Just.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2013
I find the movie mind-blowing, though it will likely alienate as many viewers as it impresses.
August 13, 2011
It is a difficult yet intriguing film with deliberately strange and ambiguous characters who challenge notions of good and evil, and how we perceive spirituality and madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2012
The vagueness won't win Dumont new fans, but his enigmatic allegory of intertwined good and evil does linger in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2013
Dumont's picture, as frustrating as it is profound, elicits the unease which passeth all understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2011
in the mismatch of its blankly naturalistic style and its unquestionably supernatural events, the film confronts us with the moral openness of our own secularism.
January 3, 2013
To paraphrase Shakespeare, madness in gifted ones, or eccentricity at once errant and forthright, must not unwatched go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 26, 2012
Not everyone will want to go back for more, but those who do will find rich rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 26, 2012
The result is mesmerising, beatific, disturbing, and leaves us pondering our own beliefs in a way few films do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 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+
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