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Lore Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
February 6, 2013
Copious amounts of landscape and wilderness shots cover up its schematic plot, as its indirect visual allusions take precedence over thematic development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 20, 2012
The artist makes the choices that she makes and that's her prerogative and it's my prerogative to be alienated by those choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2012
Lugubrious, snail-paced, dramatically inert wartime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Grant Butler
February 7, 2013
Unfortunately, Saskia Rosendahl plays the title character as an emotionless blank slate, while her siblings come off as brats, making it difficult to feel compassion for her physical and emotional struggles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
February 21, 2013
Certainly sounds good on paper, but a little shallow and overstated in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rick Kisonak
Seven Days
May 1, 2013
Think "Little Red Riding Hood" meets The Road.
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David Fear
Time Out
February 5, 2013
What starts as a flipped survival tale turns into historical tragisploitation that wallows in its slog of endless suffering.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
The bleak backdrop is rendered with great beauty-so much so that perhaps the sensory poetics of the visuals linger beyond their darker implications.
Shane Danielsen
September 20, 2012
Like Lore herself-fierce, defiantly unsocialised-it is a rebuke to notions of middle-class propriety, as well as a formidable work in its own right, by one of the best and most distinctive filmmakers this country has ever produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Lowes
February 21, 2013
A tough yet rewarding viewing experience!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
February 8, 2013
"Lore" is the sort of movie you'd already expect to rip your heart out, but that doesn't diminish the tragedy when it does arrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
February 26, 2013
Shortland composes her shots with great elegance. Adam Arkapaw's damp, saturated photography is gorgeous. Götterdämmerung has rarely been so quietly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
September 25, 2012
A thoughtful study of the politics of war and the devastating fallout it causes regardless of the winners and losers. Exquisite visuals combined with a brutal story about survival, family and patriotism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
March 14, 2013
The Australian-German co-production takes an unconventional tale and turns it into a challenging, visually stunning and emotionally turbulent film experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
February 8, 2013
Saskia Rosendahl, who plays Lore, is marvelous to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
October 25, 2012
A reminder that not every young victim of Hitler's struggle was an enemy of the state.
Daniel Walber
Film School Rejects
January 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 11, 2012
The ground of WW2 has been so firmly-trodden that this quietly involving take from another perspective feels like a welcome punch in the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
June 9, 2012
The history books are written by the winners. Cate Shortland considers what happens to the rest in her devastating World War 2 flick Lore (the long-anticipated follow-up to the AFI-scooping Somersault).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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