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Lourdes Reviews

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Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
February 20, 2010
So restrained and reliant on its carefully calibrated tableaux that one longs for the tiniest thread of melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 19, 2010
A paralyzed young woman with MS stands up and walks in Lourdes, but it'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Armond White
New York Press
February 17, 2010
Hausner's schematic approach to debunking religion is predictable and unfunny.
Simon Miraudo
January 30, 2011
Movies about miracles range from the awful to the unwatchable... that all changes with Jessica Hausner's Lourdes; it's a visually-striking, beautifully-realised, emotionally-devastating drama that both salutes and skewers the deeply-religious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2010
One of the most observant -- and enigmatic -- movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 18, 2010
Visually rich, provocative and engrossing with a quietly tender, radiant performance by the reliable-as-always Sylvie Testud.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
February 16, 2010
Lourdes ultimately eschews rigorous religious inquiry to study the mechanics of envy and frustrated desire.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[Jessica Hausner's] thought experiment is an emotionally potent one.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
February 15, 2010
A deliberately paced examination of Catholic mysticism with sharp sprinkles of magical realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 21, 2010
[An] aesthetically and tonally controlled knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alan Mack
Little White Lies
March 25, 2010
A cucumber-cool satire which views the poetry and passion of spiritual faith through a prism of rigid bureaucracy and ruthless logic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 17, 2010
Jessica Hausner, an Austrian working here in French, wants to explore the mysteries of life, not its certainties.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Prairie Miller
January 27, 2010
Always profoundly empathetic, even when at its darkest, while weighing religious passion, mortality, heartbreak, hope, desperation and devastation, all part of that both euphoric and absurd experience comprising the human condition.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 21, 2010
The film was primarily shot on location, which gives it a heaviness, an historic weight, that dominates the movie much more than anything to do with character or plot does.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 25, 2010
This film is both good and powerful. It saves the God debate, still intact, for another round. It is as magically, richly ambivalent as life itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 25, 2010
At the heart of the film is Sylvie Testud, one of the most beguiling actresses in the world, and whom I would happily pay to watch do nothing more than sleep for 24 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 25, 2010
A provocative and surprising pleasure that may persuade even the most hardened rationalists to reconsider what religion means as a sanctity to those who have few other choices in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 4, 2011
The withholding of judgment persists across Lourdes, which is comic, haunting, sweet, pious, unsettling, agnostic, and wholly deadpan at various moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kent Turner
January 15, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 20, 2010
A powerful and poignant drama about Lourdes, miracles, faith, grace, and the mysteries surrounding cures that go beyond reason and explanation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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