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Only God Forgives Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
This is more a horror film than a martial arts extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Bailey
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.
J. Olson
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
Chris Stuckmann
April 17, 2015
Only God Forgives is an extremely misunderstood film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ray Pride
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.
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
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.
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
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.
August 20, 2013
A feverish blend of ultra-violence, corruption, bad mothering and karaoke... Simultaneously seedy and artsy, the film has a jagged stop-start pace that will mesmerise some, bore others and confound those left over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 16, 2013
Only God Forgives stays with you like a traumatic memory but the sickening violence appears composed as haunting flashes of sublime beauty; reverberating long after you've finished viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 5, 2013
It's a film with a dark heart but a heart nonetheless.
August 5, 2013
It's a film destined to be either loved or despised. Both reactions seem equally valid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 4, 2013
The story unfolds in a series of carefully composed tableaux accompanied by a mixture of western and oriental music, and what is enacted is a dreamlike fable of revenge and retribution.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 2, 2013
( ... ) pretentious at times. But if you fancy a Thai-flavoured cross between David Lynch and Chan-wook Park's Korean movie Oldboy, expect to be drinking the atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Virginie SÚlavy
Electric Sheep
August 2, 2013
Spellbinding, visionary, ambitious and deeply affecting, Only God Forgives is one of the absolute must-sees of the year.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 2, 2013
A horrible hymn to the rougher excesses of the id
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
August 2, 2013
Like it or not, this is a study in weakness, submission, impotence, symbolic castration even.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Stamp
August 1, 2013
Garnished with so many details to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 1, 2013
I saw it about three weeks ago, and already I can't recall some details of the unmemorable story. On the other hand, there are some vividly stylized images I will never forget.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 1, 2013
Refn has at least set the bar high for his aesthetic future. After this, any Refn thriller will be some kind of event.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
August 1, 2013
A psychoanalyst's wet dream. When can we see it again?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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