Reviews

Aug 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.
Dec 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]
Jul 19, 2016
Leviathan offers a wry version of the tragedy that occurs when normal people challenge entrenched hierarchies.
Apr 2, 2015
If anyone is curious what life is like for the average battler in Vladimir Putin's Russia, Leviathan, the masterly new film from director Andrey Zvyagintsev, offers some revealing and disturbing answers.
Mar 26, 2015
A brutal Russian masterpiece.
Feb 26, 2015
Early and strong contender for this year's best miserable time at the movies.
Feb 26, 2015
Heavy stuff but highly rewarding, and an illuminating look into a country still steeped in its brutal past.
Feb 26, 2015
The Russian Federation's 2015 Academy Award entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category (it lost to Poland's Ida) lives up to its title and then some.
Feb 20, 2015
Yes, this could happen anywhere, but you get the feeling it happens often in Russia. The only real hope here is that a movie this hard on the motherland could be made there.
Feb 19, 2015
"Leviathan" plays like downer Tolstoy, masterfully specific to these people and unforgivingly allegorical toward the country at large.
Feb 13, 2015
A story of political and spiritual corruption, of men and women accustomed to power, and of others fighting against it.
Feb 12, 2015
At times the movie suggests a Cheech and Chong comedy with cannabis replaced by vodka.
Feb 5, 2015
An observant and skillfully crafted film about corruption in modern-day Russia.
Feb 5, 2015
Enormously captivating, a study of oppression, human nature and the effect of the two things upon each other.
Jan 29, 2015
This is a portrait of people living under constant duress, trying to drown their sorrows in a bottle and sometimes behaving in misguided ways that will free them, if only temporarily, from their grim reality.
Jan 23, 2015
Call it what you like - a modern Russian epic, a crime drama, a black comedy or a scream in the dark - Leviathan is a shaggy masterpiece.
Jan 22, 2015
Andrey Zvyagintsev's Oscar-nominated and vodka-soaked satire of modern Russia, which plays more like tragedy.
Jan 22, 2015
As harshly beautiful as the Barents Sea coastline where it is set, this parable inspired in part by the biblical tale of Job dumps more misfortune than one hapless man should ever have to endure.
Jan 22, 2015
From its chamber-piece delicacy and bureaucratic detail to a grandeur and implacable pessimism that seem as ancient as the land itself, "Leviathan" is a distinctly Russian tragedy.
Jan 13, 2015
This is quite a movie, a bitter and compassionate work of genius that will reward repeat viewings and keep on getting better.