Reviews

Sep 17, 2021
Technically flawless but lacks any compelling reason to care about what's happening.
Apr 14, 2021
It's yet another case of something that is all style and no substance or point.
Feb 24, 2021
Immaculately designed and choreographed, the film looks and sounds fantastic. Its composition and colors all seem like house of cards at first, but its plasticity grows on you.
Jul 8, 2020
This is a gorgeous film to look at, hypnotic in presentation, with a forceful, deliberate pace that propels you deeper and deeper into this dysfunctional criminal world.
Jun 25, 2020
Although this criminal revenge drama seems absorbing in the visuals, it is hard to forgive him with its bland narrative. [Full review in Spanish]
Nov 27, 2019
Only God Forgives is a visually sumptuous feast, deliberate and controlled in its design, calculated to incite disturbing emotion and punctuated with a scene stealing performance by Kristin Scott Thomas.
Nov 19, 2019
A 90 minute slog filled with bursts of unpleasant violence.
Aug 27, 2019
Only God Forgives crackles with dense subtext. Even the karaoke, which seems like a joke at first, winds up playing like a prayer for absolution.
Feb 26, 2019
Only God Forgives is still pure Bangkok grit; all blood, neon and sleaze. But it's also a surprisingly languorous riff on the superficiality of genre cinema, using subverted iconography to examine the gulf between Eastern and Western sensibilities.
Jan 19, 2019
Refn's return to form; an odd, exploitative, and arousing work.
Dec 8, 2018
There's a vainglorious gratuity to the gory scenes in Only God Forgives that makes them, whisper it quietly...a touch boring.
Nov 1, 2018
This is style over substance at its worst. That's not to say that Only God Forgives lacks substance; the substance is just pretentiousness soaked in entrails and excrement.
Mar 8, 2018
There's something intoxicating about a film that manages to be both very violent and very pretty: it is unlike anything I've seen before, and in my book that is genius.
Oct 21, 2017
Everything about Only God Forgives is either totally unpleasant or so weird and abstract it's obnoxious.
Sep 7, 2017
Here's hoping Refn's next one redeems him.
Aug 8, 2017
Sensationalistic as it may be, with its repetitiveness and slow pacing, Only God Forgives feels embalmed.
Jul 14, 2016
This is more a horror film than a martial arts extravaganza.
Jun 19, 2016
'Only God Forgives' is a mess, an overly stylized and brutally violent mood piece with something to alienate everyone. It's also absolutely worth seeing.
May 11, 2016
That it is superficial is a given. It's clear that Refn's plan is to drug us into transcendence, into the eerie plains of his Norse parable Valhalla Rising. He wants this film to levitate, but it doesn't.
Apr 15, 2016
That the pacing is glacial hardly matters - at least for the first hour or so - because Larry Smith's cinematography is so breathtaking.