Lilja 4-ever Reviews

December 7, 2018
After making such a brilliant splash with his first two films -- Show Me Love and Together -- the Swedish director Lukas Moodysson seems to dry up in Lilya 4-ever.
January 10, 2018
The social questions it raises are real enough; its sentimentality is what makes one doubt Moodysson is Ingmar Bergman's heir. Not by a long sob.
November 11, 2003
Absorbing without being particularly illuminating.
June 25, 2003
Goes too far in depicting the humiliation and cruelty heaped on Lilja
June 13, 2003
I usually hate when movies pity its characters, but I wish Swedish director Lucas Moodysson had shown at least pity; instead, he goes about destroying this young Russian girl with the grim, dispassionate determination of a medieval executioner.
June 13, 2003
A rather unsettling mix of light and dark, which robs it of power and causes it to become muddled.
June 4, 2003
After your heart has been beaten, bludgeoned, anally raped and stomped upon, there's still another hour left to go...
May 4, 2003
It says nothing more useful than: isn't this shocking? Aren't we powerless to do anything about it?
April 15, 2003
Show Me Love and Together were a bit sentimental for my taste; the brutally overdetermined Lilya demonstrates that [Moodysson] can go to the other extreme.
April 11, 2003
Then you start to ask yourself, what is the point of all this?
March 30, 2003
Scrupulously realistic but it's also unendingly, tediously grim, despite Moodyson's few ham-handed fantasy sequences which fail to lighten the movie's tone.