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March 11, 2016
Both the scenery and performances in Beauvois' film are impressive, but its downfall is mistakenly believing that the power of God is more inspiring than the power of men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 6, 2011
Some nice performances, but the sad, harsh truth is that two hours spent inside a Trappist monastery turns out to be achingly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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February 24, 2011
In spite of its subject matter, the film has a scant feeling for spirituality, which mainly surfaces in the monks' fatalist hymns. Beauvois admires the monks' steadfastness, but doesn't seem to understand it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 25, 2011
The problem is that a whiff of saintliness envelops the Cistercian monks right from the start.
February 21, 2011
[VIDEO] "Of Gods & Men" is a chamber piece tragedy trapped in a bubble of naive optimism. A little cynicism could have gone a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 25, 2011
Forgive me, Father, for I was bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 7, 2011
My question is not so much the reason why the film was made, but how in the world did anybody get someone to finance something like this?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
February 14, 2011
Agonizingly long and slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
February 24, 2011
...perfect Best Foreign-language Film Oscar bait, offering viewers a frisson of spirituality with none of the demands of actually believing in a creed.
April 11, 2017
[Of Gods and Men] explores the spiritual anatomy of a community of Christians whose love is tested by imminent violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2011
A really strong, really well put together, intense, B film in a monk's habit.
April 14, 2011
Fascinating and affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 25, 2011
A wonderfully humanist film about a tragic story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2013
Quietly compelling, if not as emotional as you might have hoped
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2011
For a nation that swears by its Christianity, it amazes me how frugally that righteousness is wielded. ...Beauvois reminds us of those who see their faith as a reason to serve, as a calling to embrace mankind in all its flawed grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 29, 2010
Of Gods and Men can be a little heavy-handed in its storytelling at times, but the confident direction and strong performances ensure it is an absorbing experience, and the beautiful final shot ends the film on a haunting note.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2011
...a movie that made me sad and proud to be human, to belong to a species capable of such cruelty and such kindness, and possessed of the power to choose to love those who hate us, and to die with peace in our hearts as the world burns down.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
March 11, 2011
I found myself resisting the film's pull of easy emotion. There are fundamental questions here, and the film doesn't engage them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2010
A superb and austere drama in French and Arabic...
September 24, 2010
Breaking up its quiet, contemplative tone with occasional fevered outbursts of activity, Of Gods and Men maintains a tension borne of uncertainty while paying proper respect to the hushed, unhurried lifestyle of the monks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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