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.
June 6, 2016
Zvyagintsev has craftedLeviathan with the most sublimated of directing, letting each scene play out with a quiet, methodic use of pace and performance.
May 22, 2016
Leviathan has the form of a parable, the soul of a Russian tragedy, and the moral outrage of a j'accuse.
April 27, 2016
Certain to be one of the great films of the cinephile's year.
March 21, 2016
You might assume it is one of those ponderous, overlong and overly symbolic films that are annoyingly commonplace on the film festival circuit. But you would be dead wrong.
March 11, 2016
Just as the chill of winter makes its acquaintance with us, Zvyagintsev hits us with the feel-bad hit of the year, 140-minutes of wide-angled dramatic rumination on the functional rot at the core of Russian society.
December 31, 2015
Writer-director Andrey Zvyagintsev's somehow sublimely bitter tragedy.
December 21, 2015
No shocker that Leviathan is one of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie is ambitious and serious and takes on issues of society, all ingredients for nominee status.
December 21, 2015
In the end, Leviathan feels epic and tiring, but all without a dull blip. It's something of a rigorous and challenging workout for the soul.
December 18, 2015
Zvyagintsev's characters occasionally walk past the beached skeletons of giant sea creatures. Madyanov's performance suggests Mer is merely just the latest monster to plague this region. He's a little less conspicuous, maybe, but just as destructive.
December 7, 2015
Leviathan does drag at times, particularly in its hefty middle section, but the powerful symbolism of the gut-punching finale makes it worth the wait, even it makes you lose even more hope in humanity.
November 19, 2015
Leviathan is an angry/mournful look at how the system - any system - works to grind down the little guy.
August 12, 2015
Cinematographer Mikhail Krichman's stunning images complement the narrative. The cool gray dawns and barren landscapes express Kolya's despair and isolation.
May 31, 2015
How can a bleak film be dazzling? It can, when you think about it.
May 15, 2015
Zvyagintsev literally and allegorically depicts modern Russia's runaway corruption but also captures universal fears about the shaky ground on which we construct our lives. [Blu-ray]
May 15, 2015
Despite having slight issues with an overlong runtime and a narrative that downshifts in the second half, Leviathan manages to power through with a compelling story and a beautifully-crafted look.
April 20, 2015
Politically charged and viscerally moving, Leviathan is a powerful film that challenges viewers to think about the injustices in the world that evade our tunnel vision.