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Only God Forgives Reviews

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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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
August 2, 2013
Spellbinding, visionary, ambitious and deeply affecting, Only God Forgives is one of the absolute must-sees of the year.
August 2, 2013
A horrible hymn to the rougher excesses of the id
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2013
Like it or not, this is a study in weakness, submission, impotence, symbolic castration even.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2013
Garnished with so many details to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
August 1, 2013
A psychoanalyst's wet dream. When can we see it again?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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