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Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) Reviews

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August 29, 2017
As Lasse, Max von Sydow brings his supremely accomplished acting to the role.
February 27, 2017
Director Bille August and ace Scandinavian cameraman Per Holst make the film a visual treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2017
Pelle itself, rather surprisingly, is a natural, organic epic, and one that opens a window on a meticulously detailed bygone world that, by film's end, you might feel as though you've visited.
February 27, 2017
The film is a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten.
February 27, 2017
Director Bille August's adaptation of the first part of Nobel Prize winner Martin Andersen Nexo's four-volume novel is genuine life-affirming drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2017
The movie -- ravishingly photographed by Jorgen (Elvira Madigan) Persson -- dazzles with incident but fails to find the human focus to validate a lasting claim on the heart.
February 27, 2017
Without Max Von Sydow's central performance this would be a commendable, if not particularly subtle piece of filmmaking. With it, it's something very special.
February 27, 2017
Beneath the transparent, by-the-numbers schema there are potent elements at play in this work, but unfortunately they go unexplored.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 27, 2017
The chilly, oppressive Danish film Pelle the Conqueror has only one artistic aim: to wrench as much pity as possible from its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 27, 2017
Written and directed by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror is peopled with the sort of vivid minor characters that lodge in your consciousness.
February 27, 2017
This is an often brutal tale which is boosted by a powerful performance from Von Sydow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2009
Pelle the Conqueror is a feature film of epic proportions and a relentlessly unsentimental look at life among the haves and, primarily, the have-nots on a big turn-of-the-century farm.
June 24, 2006
Von Sydow towers above the rest of the cast with an immensely moving, tender depiction of a man cowed by age and servitude.
March 1, 2005
Von Sydow was better in Strange Brew, but still rather sweet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
A vividly re-created, minutely detailed panorama of a particular time (the turn of the century), place (rural Denmark) and circumstance (life on a great farm) in the course of the four seasons.
January 1, 2000
There is not a bad performance in the movie, and the newcomer, Pelle Hvenegaard, never steps wrong in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
In Bille August's Pelle the Conqueror, Max von Sydow is so astoundingly evocative that he makes your bones ache. This is a performance that comes from the joints and ligaments; it's conceived in marrow.
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
July 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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