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Only God Forgives Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
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.
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Gosling is little more than eye candy; he plays Julian as if he's always just about ready for a nap.
Will Leitch
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+
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
May 23, 2013
Only God Forgives delivers what we might have thought we wanted but with diminishing returns: Refn's trademark visual style is indulged to a dizzying degree but is unmoored, lacking any kind of satisfying or coherent narrative throughline.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jamie S. Rich
July 18, 2013
Refn's trying to make too little stretch too far.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
July 19, 2013
The most fartistic movie of the year.
Chase Whale
November 8, 2013
The most fartistic movie of the year.
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
July 29, 2013
Ultra Art-house, ultra obscure... a step down from Drive. (Video Review).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
July 19, 2013
Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" is a film with so much padding, you scarcely realize that there's a story going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
July 18, 2013
The talented Gosling is relegated to little more than window dressing in this surrealist genre film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Craig Skinner
May 23, 2013
Only God Forgives is actually a pretty drudging affair and even at just ninety minutes it really drags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anna Rodgers
The List
July 16, 2013
The film is certainly lavish to behold (although set in Bangkok, its world is more of a neon-lit, hazy dreamscape than a definitive place), but it contains negligible substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Patches
May 22, 2013
Like 'Drive,' the soundtrack's character is the best performance in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Gallagher
What Culture
May 22, 2013
By far the most pertinent scene comes early on when we watch a girl masturbate while Gosling is tied down to a chair. What a wonderful analogy for the entire film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
July 15, 2013
Immersive visuals and music don't compensate for the thin narrative and flat acting in this violent, revenge-fueled tale set in Bangkok.
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Ali Arikan
July 19, 2013
Refn and Smith might have been going for authentic urban, disquiet, but the result is middle of the road trash-can of manufactured, polished, execration.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
July 18, 2013
The results are sometimes striking, in pure visual terms, but rarely engaging; even as a brutish saga of underworld retribution, the film fails to get the heart pounding.
Full Review | Original Score: C
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
July 16, 2013
Drive, and many of Refn's other films, were thrillingly kinetic; here, by gluing his actors to their spots, he gives us beautiful images but nothing to watch. About halfway through, there is a brief foot chase. At least it moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
Film School Rejects
May 25, 2013
Simply, without a brand name like Refn's at the helm, there's no way this project would be In Competition at Cannes, nor would it have attracted its talented stars, nor even found its way out of your local bargain bin.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Simon Miraudo
June 15, 2013
As significant to Refn's previous successes the technical achievements are, they alone do not make a movie. You need something to hang your hat on, more tangible than light and sound and that vague feeling of cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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