Mug (Twarz) Reviews

February 13, 2020
Identity crisis clichés are sidestepped effectively, whilst still allowing Kosciukiewicz to have solo scenes where Jacek questions what he has lost, and perhaps what he never really had in the first place.
September 17, 2019
Director Malgorzata Szumowska starts her film with a fantastic depiction of human greed, and it's a scene which is both hilariously funny and very disturbing. It sets the tone of the film marvellously.
February 21, 2019
Mug is uninspired and forgettable.
February 2, 2019
Using a lot of black humor, Szumowska makes the pill more digestible because, although localism is very marked at times, the message and spirit of the film are easily extrapolated to any country in Europe. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 2, 2019
Mug throws his darts in quite linear and obvious directions, but Szumowska continues to refine his incisive gaze with effective styling solutions. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 9, 2018
The message - that people judge by appearances - is a little too obvious and on the nose to be satisfying. And Szumowska overuses a filter that blurs all but the very centre of the frame...
December 6, 2018
National disdain has clouded judgement, and so both director and community have let their constructions get out of hand.
December 5, 2018
Mug juggles with high concepts of spirituality, religion and commerce to create an absurdist fable about the power of the human spirit and the modern bane of materialism
December 3, 2018
Mug treads a fine balance between freewheeling comic exuberance and the urge to comment on the state of Poland.
August 27, 2018
A potent slice of sacrilegious daring, which allows a true sense of humanity to bleed into focus.
August 15, 2018
Following in a fine tradition of 'the grotesque' stretching back into fairy tale, Jacek may face physical deformity ... but he remains a warm and upbeat character, while the moral ugliness of those around him ... is accentuated in relief.
February 24, 2018
"Mug" works hard to be a fable about inner strength and beauty. But did everyone else have to come off as quite so foolish and ugly?
February 24, 2018
Mug is a strange, engaging film - well and potently acted and directed, a drama that puts you inside its extended community with a mix of robust realism and a streak of fantasy comedy.
February 24, 2018
This study in weathering adversity and adjusting to what life hands you makes some worthy points about human and institutional callousness.
February 24, 2018
Offers a caustic report on the state of modern Poland but is equally approachable by any audience looking for some bitter truths about what lies behind the surface of a carefully manufactured image.