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Paradise: Faith Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 23, 2013
Now, here's the trilogy's second installment, in which the jolly Austrian makes it clear that women of a certain age do not have his permission to overdo it with religion, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood
March 27, 2014
The work of a master. This just isn't his masterpiece.
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
August 14, 2013
A shallow film that leaves us knowing exactly what we're seeing, and able to predict what the characters will say to each other in the mostly uninspired and overtly familiar dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 10, 2014
Comes from an intolerably smug and cynical place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 4, 2013
I am ready to be first in line when it comes to being rude about religion. But on screen shouldn't it be done with wit, texture, colour, humanity . . . ?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
August 19, 2013
Seidl's lack of compassion through all this turns Anna Marie into a kind of sad clown (is that the reason Seidl dedicated the film to Max Linder?).
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
With little room to feel for or even understand Anna Maria, "Paradise: Faith" rarely seems more than high art with low intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 22, 2013
There just isn't two hours' worth of movie here, especially considering that Seidl has previously addressed some of the same ideas in his religious documentary Jesus, You Know.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2013
Austrian iconoclast Ulrich Seidl delivers one of his more challenging tracts in this screwy reflection on religious devotion.
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David Fear
Time Out
August 21, 2013
It's hard to say if Faith works better as part of a whole instead of a triptych's single panel until the trilogy is complete, but the unconverted may find this too much of a cross to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
August 21, 2013
Using the same script-free approach and mix of pros and first-time actors...that's marked his work so far, it's confrontational, abrasive stuff, both in form and content.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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August 22, 2013
A brutal, unflinching, anxiety-inducing, almost unbearably hard to watch film.
Stefan Pape
July 8, 2013
Paradise: Faith is not as strong as the opening picture of this portentous trio of films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
July 5, 2013
The relentless nihilism ultimately seems just a teeny bit juvenile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2013
Even at his most thematically reductive, Ulrich Seidl exhibits one of the richest pictorial sensibilities in contemporary movies.
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
July 3, 2013
Situated in the middle of Ulrich Seidl's trilogy, it's hard to avoid the feeling that Paradise: Faith is the weakest film of the three, but it still has the kind of powerful and singular moments that few directors are capable of producing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
July 4, 2013
Excited to find out what note Seidl ends his trilogy on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 5, 2013
This is cinema as decathlon - a string of tribulations to sap your stamina and make your ligaments burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Baret News
February 16, 2014
Holy Hun exorcises demons in Born Again sequel!
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Catherine Shoard
Observer (UK)
July 7, 2013
For believers, it'll be an essential tract. Such is its commitment even the sceptical can't help but be impressed through the retching.
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