In A Better World Reviews

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July 9, 2018
An attempt to grapple with the nuances of good and evil and examine the limitations of virtue in the face of pure emotion
August 15, 2013
There's little flash or surprise in Bier's latest well-shot film, but plenty of substance.
August 19, 2011
Bier's strength is storytelling and her ability to find actors to do those stories justice.
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.
August 18, 2011
A well-acted if glibly configured statement about violence begetting violence on two continents.
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.
August 18, 2011
A compelling coming-of-age story and an intriguing examination of notions of masculinity.
August 17, 2011
True, the resolutions on offer seem conventionally pat, yet the tough questions stay with you in an absorbing drama which pushes the viewer's buttons with effective intelligence.
August 15, 2011
It's undeniably thoughtful and impressively crafted by the talented Bier but its pair of parallel storylines don't live up to all that Oscar hype.
June 3, 2011
Susanne Bier's latest meditation on grief and the boundaries of family -- which won this year's foreign-film Oscar -- is a tough piece of work, subtle in some ways, obvious in others, viscerally affecting throughout.
May 6, 2011
Simply put, this would be a better world if there were more films like In a Better World.
May 6, 2011
Despite some weaknesses as both a film and a parable, "In a Better World" is a potent provocation.
April 29, 2011
An ethically ambitious, morally thoughtful - and deeply vexing - drama about the fragility of civil order and the menace of the lawless.
April 29, 2011
There are no answers in her film, no intractable rights and wrongs. No characters are indicted for their mistakes or misjudgments, yet no one gets off scot-free either.
April 27, 2011
Asks worthwhile questions about how fathers can best lead their sons, about the expectations placed on men by society and about their struggles with their inner violent impulses, which can lay so dormant and unnoticed, then, in a frightening rush, explode.
April 15, 2011
I admire it almost purely for its performances and wish the story had the power to match what the actors are bringing to it.
April 15, 2011
[This] encasing parable is brand new and immediately provocative.
April 15, 2011
I hate to rap this serious-minded filmmaker, but I'm beginning to wonder whether her scripts aren't better realized when they're held in check, whether by Hollywood star power (Things We Lost in the Fire) or by the hand of another director (Open Hearts).
April 15, 2011
High on the list of things I don't care to see in a movie is a teenage Nordic misfit making pipe bombs. Can you say "Village of the Damned" in Danish?
April 15, 2011
I admired Bier's "Things We Lost in the Fire" and her Danish and American versions of "Brothers," but here her method is too foregrounded.
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