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Only God Forgives Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 20, 2017
Everything about Only God Forgives is either totally unpleasant or so weird and abstract it's obnoxious.
September 6, 2017
Here's hoping Refn's next one redeems him.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 17, 2015
Only God Forgives is an extremely misunderstood film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
December 11, 2013
God might forgive Refn and Gosling for this mess, but moviegoers might not be so kind.
November 8, 2013
The most fartistic movie of the year.
November 4, 2013
Gosling is little more than eye candy; he plays Julian as if he's always just about ready for a nap.
October 31, 2013
Those who are less judgmental, or less enamored of the sentimentality of "Drive" -- and "Bronson" die-hards -- will know to lower their expectations and see what strange, stylized crime drama the Danish director is serving up this time.
October 28, 2013
Since all the "characters" are archetypes, there's no way to really climb inside Only God Forgives and be emotionally affected by any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 20, 2013
It boasts tons of atmosphere and flashes of Refn's visual style -- as well as an admirably unhinged performance from Kristen Scott Thomas -- but little else to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 29, 2013
Refn has stated that the effect he was going for was an acid trip, and he's succeeded maybe a bit too well, as the initial surface trance wears off to reveal not much else going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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