Leviathan Reviews

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September 19, 2019
Andrey Zvyagintsev succeeds in cinematic sublimity with this multilayered and operatic exploration of the crushing corruption of an unchecked regime.
July 31, 2019
This documentary views industrial slaughter with ferocious intimacy. It also batters the optic nerve with dizzying syncopations of light and dark. So it's hard to watch, but equally hard to forget.
June 30, 2019
Leviathan, the latest movie from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, asks many questions, but the one it revolves around is a simple one: "Why, Lord?"
June 29, 2019
Leviathan truly is a sight to behold, a purely sensory experience and one of the most visceral films ever made.
May 31, 2019
Leviathan starts slowly and you can occasionally feel its hefty running time but after the raucous and game-changing drunken barbecue, secrets are exposed and the drama becomes engrossing.
April 3, 2019
Leviathan is veiled in a crude approximation of beauty thanks to Phillip Glass's rousing symphony and the tenebrous cinematography of Mikhail Kirchman that is at once anatomical, and at the same time deeply poetic.
March 18, 2019
...Zvyagintsev expands the intimate drama into a larger ensemble piece, pushing up the run-time, encompassing a wider range of tones, and stretching out the themes in search of grandeur.
March 18, 2019
...Zvyagintsev expands the intimate drama into a larger ensemble piece, pushing up the run-time, encompassing a wider range of tones, and stretching out the themes in search of grandeur.
March 7, 2019
The film is riveting, visually and dramatically. It is also precise about Russia...
August 28, 2018
Leviathan is a beautiful but bleak film.
August 25, 2018
Zvyagintsev grants unrelenting, painstaking attention to the human drama that underscores Leviathan, but at the same time - as the name suggests - there are much bigger things going.
May 16, 2018
What makes the movie sting is its savage political portrait of a present-day Russian culture that, like Leviathan, threatens to swallow up everyone in its path.
February 16, 2018
It piles on the bleakness to numbing effect.
November 18, 2017
The dumbest thing about Andrey Zvyagintsev's new snoozer, Leviathan, is his commitment to that title.
July 19, 2017
If Leviathan is a masterpiece... it's a masterpiece of political pessimism. The end of history has arrived and it is in post-Soviet Russia.
June 23, 2017
It's a film packed with symbolism and big questions of the kind that can stew in a viewer's head for days, even weeks afterward.
February 28, 2017
What sounds like a small and unimportant wrangle over a family home reveals an epic battle between the old Russia and the new.
December 19, 2016
A palpable and melancholy aura of resignation fills the masterful Leviathan the fourth feature from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev. [Full review in Japanese]
July 19, 2016
Leviathan offers a wry version of the tragedy that occurs when normal people challenge entrenched hierarchies.
July 14, 2016
This is a tale of vodka-fueled dysfunction, of the meaninglessness of a life in which fairness and freedom are little more than easily ignored words.
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