Only God Forgives Reviews

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November 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.
November 19, 2019
A 90 minute slog filled with bursts of unpleasant violence.
August 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.
February 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.
January 19, 2019
Refn's return to form; an odd, exploitative, and arousing work.
December 8, 2018
There's a vainglorious gratuity to the gory scenes in Only God Forgives that makes them, whisper it quietly...a touch boring.
November 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.
March 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.
October 21, 2017
Everything about Only God Forgives is either totally unpleasant or so weird and abstract it's obnoxious.
September 7, 2017
Here's hoping Refn's next one redeems him.
August 8, 2017
Sensationalistic as it may be, with its repetitiveness and slow pacing, Only God Forgives feels embalmed.
July 14, 2016
This is more a horror film than a martial arts extravaganza.
June 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.
April 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.
April 17, 2015
Only God Forgives is an extremely misunderstood film.
April 8, 2014
Even as their shadows fall across these walls, the characters are not supermen; they're humans reduced to chiaroscuro. Characterization is even more minimal.
February 6, 2014
It's a fragmented affair, relying on its visuals, sound design, and mythological villain to carry the day. It kept me riveted, though by the end I did feel the overall experience was a bit empty.
February 1, 2014
Ryan Gosling reunites with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for the ultra-violent, ultra-slow-moving Bangkok-set revenge thriller Only God Forgives, whose unflinching gore and crawling pace will probably prove equally off-putting to most viewers.
December 30, 2013
Not only a disaster area but will also have you questioning your affection for Refn's last film in the first place.
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