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Oslo, August 31st Reviews

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Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 6, 2011
It's a cold, detached, very Scandinavian film, neither as sharp nor as oddly exhilarating as Malle's.
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
Sad, but wise, and clear-eyed about what it means to drift through life until it's suddenly too late to turn back.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Will McCord
Paste Magazine
May 25, 2012
Though the film provides a gentle wash of dark feelings, one can't help but feel cleansed by it and more alive when it ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Ela Bittencourt
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2012
The evocation of things ending suffuses the film with melancholy, as Anders increasingly becomes an observant rather than a participant in his own life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul M. Bradshaw
Little White Lies
November 3, 2011
An astounding achievement, Joachim Trier's haunting film will stay with you for weeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 9, 2011
The film so gracefully replicates its protagonist's drifting moods that its full emotional weight doesn't immediately seem as heavy as it is.
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Veronika Ferdman
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2013
With a predilection for long takes, alternating between tripod setups and handheld camera work that's reflective of Anders' unease, Trier presents life as an unceasingly tepid stream of the mundane -- with an occasional, exquisite pinprick of hope.
November 6, 2011
While not a film for the dispirited - though such a mindset may better empathise with Anders' soul-searching journey - it does have a peculiar honesty to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 30, 2012
"Oslo, August 31st" is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 26, 2012
A remarkable film with a mesmerizing performance by actor Lie.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
August 23, 2012
As the final shots mirror the first, you reflect on how life goes on, with and without us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
May 24, 2012
...a quietly stunning masterpiece-all of life, in a single day.
Eric D. Snider
April 13, 2012
Without any flashiness or grandstanding, Joachim Trier and Anders Danielsen Lie make us sympathize with the character on a deeply personal level.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stephen Silver
September 25, 2012
It's an absolutely moving and devastating film, and one of the most jarring looks at addiction you'll ever see on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Allan Hunter
Screen International
July 20, 2011
There are traces of humour to alleviate the gloom of Oslo, August 31st and some beautiful incidental moments.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 3, 2011
The film is overlong, spinning its sequential disenchantments. But mood and place are believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Kohn
July 2, 2012
A powerful, upfront document of a recovering drug addict confronting the demons of his past.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 1, 2011
Trier has adapted a 1930s French novel, which in 1963 Louis Malle filmed as 'Le Feu Follet', but this feels totally fresh and modern in its concerns. It's also devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 26, 2012
A searing portrait of a young man's chronic loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 15, 2012
There are echoes, a little DNA of "Wings of Desire" here.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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