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Oslo, August 31st Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
The beauty is in the array of animated faces in Anders' life. And it's in the simple promise and vitality of Anders' face, which serves the film without any regard for being in a film, let alone a tragedy or a poetic vision of darkness and futility.
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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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2012
The movie transpires mostly in quiet, engrossing dialogue scenes, and its austere style shares a good deal in common with the protagonist, who seems both opaque and completely exposed.
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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 30, 2012
[Displays] an invigoratingly acute understanding of the psychology of insecurity, longing, defensiveness and inward-turning rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 29, 2012
A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, "Oslo, August 31st" breaks your heart many times over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 17, 2012
Trier proves that he's no one-hit wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 10, 2012
The result is a superb exploration of loss, guilt and regret in Norwegian director Joachim Trier's often-unpredictable second film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 10, 2012
It has absolute clarity about a character who isn't at all sure about what he wants - or whether he wants to keep going at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
[Screenwriters] Trier and Vogt are neat and cunning.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2012
Pared down and sparse, almost Bressonian in its formal rigor...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 26, 2012
A study of a man who pulled away from the edge of the abyss at the nick of time, only to realize he may not be able to forgive himself for the things he's done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 19, 2012
Te movie seems more like a searing portrait of self-discovery and realization, with the understanding that not everything you learn about yourself will be pleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2012
Trier ... keeps us aware of the emotions and perceptions of all the characters, even at those times when their perceptions are limited and differ from objective reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 7, 2012
With his angular features and intense gaze, Lie is utterly convincing as an intellectual in the process of repairing his damaged life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012
"Oslo" is an example of strong, confident filmmaking in which nothing is miscalculated or out of place.
| Original Score: 4/5
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AV Club
May 25, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 25, 2012
Despite its themes, "Oslo, August 31st" is an exhilarating film, with impeccable direction and pitch-perfect performances that make the bleakness worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 24, 2012
"Oslo, August 31st" has the satisfying gravity of specific experience, and also, true to its title, a prickly sense of place.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 24, 2012
It's a marvelously constructed personal journey, both wrenching and bittersweet, whose emotional ripple effects stay with you for days and weeks afterward.
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May 24, 2012
In its depiction of a man who's considering death, the film is never less than fully alive.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 24, 2012
With only two films, Danish director Joachim Trier has soundly established himself as a singular talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2012
Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 22, 2012
Moment to moment, you sense the fragility of Anders's fate as it hangs in the balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
May 22, 2012
As this elegiac movie reminds us, even a shattered life matters, leaving behind an indelible, intricate imprint.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 21, 2012
[It] crosses the blood-brain barrier like ... like ... whatever the drug is, I haven't tried it, thank God.
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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
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 10, 2011
Trier writes his hero into a very tight corner, but finds a simultaneously graceful and uncompromising way out of it. Neat trick, that.
Full Review | Original Score: B+