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Incendies Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 3, 2011
Instead of finding resonance between personal and political tragedy, the film only succeeds in cheapening both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2011
The film's high drama, like its dexterous handling of narrative and its expert mixture of static framings and skillful tracking shots, seems like so much empty sensation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 13, 2011
The title means "scorched," but "burned" is closer to how I felt.
| Original Score: 1/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
June 25, 2011
Normally I'm against decent original stories being dumbed down and squashed into bog-standard thriller shapes. But Incendies is in dire need of some dumbing down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 22, 2011
A kind name for this attitude is false moral equivalence, or perhaps post-imperial cringe. A less kind one is Western self-hatred, or an urgent plea to tolerate the intolerant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 20, 2011
Villaneuve knows how to stoke a hot debate about the legacy of violence. But in this case, where there's smoke, there's not enough air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 5, 2011
Overplays its hand, piling tragedy on tragedy until we feel browbeaten with misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 19, 2011
Nawal's travails are more in the vein of a Latin American soap opera than Greek tragedy.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 21, 2011
Incendies is about as meretriciously overdetermined as art cinema, or any kind of cinema for that matter, gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
April 28, 2011
Every scene is permeated by a creeping sense of dread.
Sean Rom
Trespass
April 20, 2011
If Incendies is not a perfect film, it is a bold, immersive, searching, angry and haunting one; all signs of great filmmaking.
May 22, 2011
Manufactures shocks that have purpose, and that resonate long after the anxious feelings the movie prompts have finally settled.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
April 27, 2011
Incendies is a tough film but a sensitive one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 10, 2013
Rewarding, but ridiculously stingy in handing out simple details -- relationships, geographical settings, etc. -- vital to our grasp of what's going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Although "Incendies" shows very little violence, the burden of knowing what's taking place off-screen is just as difficult for the audience to stomach.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 24, 2011
...an intense and shattering experience, a nearly great film about promises and kinship and the secret, cruel lives our parents lived before we knew them
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 28, 2011
Most people do not choose their religions but have them forced upon themselves by birth, and the lesson of "Incendies" is that an accident of birth is not a reason for hatred.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 28, 2011
"Incendies" is no mere riff on a Greek mainstay. It is its own entity, delicate and fierce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2011
This is the film that should have won an Oscar in its foreign-language category this year and didn't.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 6, 2011
We can feel the hot violence of the air in the last row of a crowded theater.
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