Only God Forgives Reviews

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August 2, 2013
Like it or not, this is a study in weakness, submission, impotence, symbolic castration even.
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.
August 1, 2013
A psychoanalyst's wet dream. When can we see it again?
July 30, 2013
Style over substance doesn't really tell the half of it: you can bathe a corpse in groovy light and dress it in an expensive suit, but in the end that rotting smell just won't go away.
July 23, 2013
This is one of the most shocking and one of the best movies of the year.
July 22, 2013
Refn's nerve is admirable, even if his film often borders on unwatchable.
July 19, 2013
The most objectionable thing about Only God Forgives isn't that it's shocking or immoral, but that it's so finally, fatally dull.
July 19, 2013
The more arts-minded drag queens will be doing [Kristin Scott Thomas] this Halloween.
July 19, 2013
Mocking the improbable characters and bizarre juxtapositions is too literal and superficial a reading of this dreamy, entrancing movie.
July 19, 2013
I thought it was just about the worst ... thing I've ever seen. In fact, I was depressed it wasn't laughed off the screen.
July 19, 2013
Where Drive shrewdly mystifies, Only God Forgives stupefies. You can see its gears grinding. But I'll always hang on for a rare talent like Refn. Even when he stumbles, he leaves you eager to see what he's up to next.
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.
July 19, 2013
I never had a doubt that director Nicolas Winding Refn was in absolute control.
July 18, 2013
Refn seems to have some issues he needs to work out, and "Only God Forgives" does as well. If it doesn't quite get all the way there, at least it's an interesting mess.
July 18, 2013
It's possibly the least glamorous and also least interesting role Gosling has ever had. It's not likely to expand his fan base much, or Refn's for that matter.
July 18, 2013
What makes it high art? The fact that it happens really slowly, I think, or that it's interspersed with patience-testing camera pans of wallpaper.
July 18, 2013
This is a ludicrous, showy film, and we are left to reconcile those two antagonistic qualities, or get out.
July 18, 2013
God may forgive you for seeing this needlessly brutal film. But you won't forgive yourself.
July 18, 2013
Nicolas Winding Refn's excruciatingly-though definitively-pretentious exercise in ritual violence gives chiaroscuro a bad name.
July 18, 2013
What is on Mr. Refn's mind? Here is what he says in a director's note: "The original concept for the film was to make a movie about a man who wants to fight God." All right. Whatever.
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