Ida Reviews

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February 21, 2021
Ida is one of those quiet, artfully crafted little masterpieces that goes unnoticed in the dead of the spring movie season. I haven't seen anything this year that is lovelier. Don't miss seeing this film in theaters.
September 11, 2020
A remarkably bold film that is taken in some courageous directions by Pawlikowski.
December 16, 2019
If life is made up of small moments, Ida is a full-length mirror.
August 6, 2019
Ida is permeated with such thick, dank sorrow that I began counting the number of times any character smiled. I had to open it up to "not explicitly frowning" before someone cracked the scoreboard.
June 19, 2019
Even if Ida is more admirable than it's involving, there's still plenty to admire.
April 3, 2019
A film that ultimately has a lot in common with its lead character: sobriety, restraint and, most importantly, mesmerising eloquence.
March 11, 2019
In spite of the talent of both actresses, and the deep issues the film brings up, these two characters, in the end, inhabit unconvincing gendered stereotypes.
February 23, 2019
The script is not afraid to deal primarily with character and mood, with the story, important though it may be, taking second place.
January 19, 2019
Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's film is a beautiful and remarkable piece of cinema which features a superb performance by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska in the title role.
December 31, 2018
Sober in tone, but not without its moments of pure joy, the haunting black-and-white art-house film is brilliantly crafted.
November 20, 2018
Director Paweł Pawlikowski has a masterpiece in Ida as it defies every cinematic challenge and is truly a gift to those who watch it.
November 20, 2018
Trzebuchowska and Kulesza as Anna and Wanda, respectively, also command your attention, maintaining an elusiveness that's even more compelling than the mystery at center of the story.
November 3, 2018
Describing the plot of the film doesn't really begin to scratch the surface here. The direction is masterful. Each shot is breathtaking without being distracting or pretentious.
August 26, 2018
It's done in hard-focus black-and-white, with no tricky camera moves, no special effects; sort of "minimalist realism."
March 30, 2018
What's most frustrating about the shallowness of Ida's Westernized ideology is the luminous and genuinely mysterious visuals with which Pawlikowski invests it.
February 16, 2018
Deliberately old-fashioned - not only black-and-white but also using the boxy 1.33 aspect ratio - it transcends retro nostalgia for a real examination of the past.
January 30, 2018
...worth a watch due to its technical qualities and interesting story... [Full Review in Spanish]
October 10, 2017
Ida is an exquisitely rendered artifact that nonetheless becomes truer for holding its diminutive shape against such weighted material, something like finding a lost Zbigniew Herbert poem scrawled on a kielbasa wrapper.
June 20, 2017
Ida feels like one of these masterpieces that reaches an emotional and intellectual height on the wings of flawless filmmaking...
March 10, 2017
The silence used in Pawel Pawlikowski's award-winning, thoughtful and intense new film Ida is deafening.
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