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Lore (2013)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 7

Newcomer Saskia Rosendahl gives an astonishingly assured performance in the title role, and director Cate Shortland establishes a delicate, disturbingly ominous tone in the powerful World War II drama Lore.


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 1

Newcomer Saskia Rosendahl gives an astonishingly assured performance in the title role, and director Cate Shortland establishes a delicate, disturbingly ominous tone in the powerful World War II drama Lore.



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Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the

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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (7) | DVD (1)

Lore, from Australian director Cate Shortland, proceeds like a long-ago fairy tale, dark-hued, grounded in real-life 20th-century horrors.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The young principals here, Malina and especially Rosendahl, are superb at conveying that premature hardening, their elastic minds pummelled by inelastic forces.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The sins of the Fatherland send a German teenage girl and her Nazi-connected family on the run in Australian director Cate Shortland's vividly rendered and sensual drama Lore.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's a harrowing walk through the heart of darkness.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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With a child's perspective on war, "Lore" deserves comparisons with "Empire of the Sun" and "Hope and Glory," and with a feisty female protagonist it stands virtually alone.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Saskia Rosendahl gives an impressively poised performance as the beautiful teenager, whose determination to protect her remaining family coincides with her growing revulsion toward her parents.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Cate Shortland infuses a fresh perspective and a haunting moral quandary to the WWII genre, bringing a little seen part of human history to chilling life.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Rosendahl puts the onslaught of horror and absurdity in poignant perspective with her limpid depiction of her character's growing resourcefulness and awareness.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Lore is a akin to a bourgeois German version of Elem Klimov's 1985 Belarus-set Come and See, and it has some outstanding features. The star turn is the lurking cinematography of Adam Arkapaw.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

The deep-feeling Rosendahl makes a major impression as an intelligent girl learning the power of her sexuality and resolve under maximum stress.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Shortland may not leave us with certainty, but in the context of so bloody a conflict fueled by intransigence and misguided idealism, the hope and the beauty of Lore is only strengthened by its embrace of youthful uncertainty.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

The Australian director Cate Shortland has made a quite stunning film about the collapse of Nazi Germany, seen not from a Berlin bunker but through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

The dream of every director tasked with bringing such a difficult story to life is to have a star who can carry the drama, and in her feature debut, Rosendahl is a revelation.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The bleak backdrop is rendered with great beauty-so much so that perhaps the sensory poetics of the visuals linger beyond their darker implications.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

It's this mature take on the subject matter that makes Lore the finest Australian film of the year.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Onya Magazine

We see no fighting and no high-level participants -- just ordinary people before a backdrop of natural beauty and manmade horror.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

With an eye for images that are both lush and foreboding, Cate Shortland dives confidently into a moral minefield and doesn't care about defusing the situation.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

One could have made a much more didactic film with the same story - German girl learns Jews aren't so bad after all! - but Shortland is after something much more elliptical here.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Brings a distinctive perspective to familiar themes...

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Saskia Rosendahl succeeds in a demanding role set amidst a bleak post-war landscape.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

As hard as it is to watch at times, it's even harder to stop watching Shortland's compelling, well-woven tale of a girl on a dual journey.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

With its leisurely pace and lengthy run time, Lore will make those expecting a quick and easy indictment of the entire postwar world unhappy.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Think "Little Red Riding Hood" meets The Road.

May 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Lore

A disastrous drama that feels repetitive and pointless, never making clear what Shortland wants to say with this - and her heavy-handed direction makes even more blatant the way she embraces the most obvious of soap-opera clichés and cheap narrative artifices.
March 22, 2013

Super Reviewer

Jane Campion visuals, only Jane does it so much better; "Two Women" derivative, although there is little to compare, why did this story have to make it to the screen? It is an affront to show these healthy and robust survivors, besmudged with some grime to show the passing of time, when there was little left for any one. Rubbish!
November 18, 2012
Debbie Elbin

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'Lore'. Heavy, heavy going alleviated time and time again by the beautifully captured natural imagery. Assured filmmaking by Shortland.
October 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

I am torn as to how to rate this. Beautifully shot, with some really stunning images, and a horrific film at the same time, with some really disgusting images. The story will haunt for a while, I am sure. I need to digest what I have seen. An effective, well-done production, but a story that leaves one somewhat depressed. There were elements that exhibited a pro-Nazi sentiment in the people, but I definitely did not come away thinking that this was any sort of attempt to whitewash the effects of the atrocities that were committed. What I saw was a child coming to grips with the idea that her parents and the people they associated with may have behaved monstrously. A child entrusted with the safety and welfare of her younger siblings in a time when there was little sympathy to spare for anyone in her situation. A child beginning to realize the power of her femininity, but not yet capable of utilizing that power. And finally, a child who received little emotional healing from her grandmother when the ordeal was finally over. My initial thinking is four stars, because of the powerful portrayal by this young, first time actress, Saskia Rosendahl.
August 2, 2013
Mark Abell

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