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In A Better World Reviews

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Josh Larsen
July 13, 2016
...the two child performances are the emotional lynchpin of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Although this being a film by Susanne Bier, there is unfortunately a good measure of unneeded melodrama stirred in to trivialize the very important thematic concerns.
Kimber Myers
The Playlist
August 15, 2013
There's little flash or surprise in Bier's latest well-shot film, but plenty of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 11, 2013
A most deserving Oscar winner and a film that could provoke discussion anywhere it is shown, anywhere people of any age are being bullied
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Louis Proyect
March 11, 2012
Film defies conventional expectations about biblical notions of retribution, even as it initially prepares you to accept them. A truly complex work of art.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 27, 2011
Un estupendo drama contemporáneo sobre algunos de los conflictos más básicos que acechan a hombres y mujeres de bien en cualquier rincón del mundo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
October 27, 2011
It would have worked better if it weren't so obvious and manipulative. About halfway through, it plays more like a diagram of lessons learned than a movie about real people dealing with complicated problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 26, 2011
The microcosm of the children's world is exceptionally well drawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 16, 2011
In addition to being safe and non-threatening, Bier's film finds time to throw in mentions of cancer and divorce, and images of poor children starving in Africa. It's pretty much a recipe for an Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 4, 2011
Essentially an essay about bullying ( ... ) and the abuse of power, it will probably be appreciated most by people who want to keep up with [Susanne] Bier's maturing catalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
September 1, 2011
It's well made but too flawed to be a satisfying cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
August 25, 2011
The superb acting - the youngsters are particularly good - and Bier's sympathetic direction help overcome the occasional lapse into melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
August 24, 2011
Though the performances are excellent, it aint no Dogtooth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2011
The film is built on strong performances and some powerful moments, though its subtleties risk being eclipsed by contrived emotional pyrotechnics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 22, 2011
The movie holds your attention, but you leave discussing the manipulative plot rather than the moral issues it raises.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
August 19, 2011
A thought-provoking, powerfully acted and resonant exploration of rough justice in the modern world...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 19, 2011
Bier's strength is storytelling and her ability to find actors to do those stories justice.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 18, 2011
I wished I liked it more. But, for all its good points, this film is a high-concept contrivance of the sort Bier turns out easily, and looks like a faintly preposterous cine-soap opera for haemophiliac-hearted liberals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 18, 2011
A well-acted if glibly configured statement about violence begetting violence on two continents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 18, 2011
Bier, when she allows herself, loves the peripheral as much as the portentous. She understands that an image can tell more than words, more than even 1,000.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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