Only God Forgives Reviews

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November 19, 2019
A 90 minute slog filled with bursts of unpleasant violence.
December 8, 2018
There's a vainglorious gratuity to the gory scenes in Only God Forgives that makes them, whisper it quietly...a touch boring.
November 1, 2018
This is style over substance at its worst. That's not to say that Only God Forgives lacks substance; the substance is just pretentiousness soaked in entrails and excrement.
October 21, 2017
Everything about Only God Forgives is either totally unpleasant or so weird and abstract it's obnoxious.
September 7, 2017
Here's hoping Refn's next one redeems him.
August 8, 2017
Sensationalistic as it may be, with its repetitiveness and slow pacing, Only God Forgives feels embalmed.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
August 17, 2013
I don't think it's bad. I think it's dull, and a product of an imagination that is very much pleased with itself.
August 10, 2013
An oddball, mostly unwatchable cinematic experiment...
August 2, 2013
This film is just ugly, ugly, ugly, and isn't exciting or interesting enough to make it up for it.
August 2, 2013
Ponderous dialogue swerves into self-parody, while frequent scenes of dismemberment and suchlike bore rather than appall, making it difficult to care who slices who in its escalating litany of ultra-violence.
August 1, 2013
Directors are always digging around in their psyches for material - David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Lars von Trier ... Refn's anxiety seems out to top theirs. But there's no joy or folly or transcendence. It's a one-dimensional video game of death.
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