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Only God Forgives Reviews

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September 6, 2017
Here's hoping Refn's next one redeems him.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
November 4, 2013
Gosling is little more than eye candy; he plays Julian as if he's always just about ready for a nap.
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+
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
July 18, 2013
Refn's trying to make too little stretch too far.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 19, 2013
The most fartistic movie of the year.
November 8, 2013
The most fartistic movie of the year.
July 29, 2013
Ultra Art-house, ultra obscure... a step down from Drive. (Video Review).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
July 18, 2013
The talented Gosling is relegated to little more than window dressing in this surrealist genre film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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
May 22, 2013
Like 'Drive,' the soundtrack's character is the best performance in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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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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
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
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+
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