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Beauty (Skoonheid) Reviews

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
...Beauty is my least favourite type of film. An 'arthouse' film with a repulsive protagonist, Beauty is slow and, eventually, vile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 19, 2012
An atmospheric downer about a repressed homosexual Afrikaner committing a staggeringly brutal sexual assault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 22, 2012
This is Death in Venice African-style, though lacking the reticence and resonance of Mann's novella.
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
April 9, 2012
Lotz tortured expression carries the film, silently falling apart in an artful series of lingering pans and excruciating static shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Groves
November 2, 2011
A confronting tale of an angry, repressed white male in modern South Africa
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
July 30, 2012
Hermanus's Cannes-feted feature serves as a bold statement on the stereotypical Afrikaans male, now struggling to remain relevant in a post-apartheid South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Simon Foster
June 8, 2012
Beauty is a confronting work that succeeds as a study of a false life lived badly and as a reflection upon a society grasping at traditional views to its own detriment.
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
April 19, 2012
This queered state of a nation is tense, quietly sad and yes, beautiful.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 5, 2012
Director Oliver Hermanus values quiet, naturalistic scenes of domestic life to build considerable emotional tensions in this finely nuanced film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 16, 2011
A striking yet erratic piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
April 18, 2012
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a haunting, shocking and emotionally powerful drama with a terrific central performance from Deon Lotz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2012
Despite that title, there's an ugly power to this study of obsession and anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 19, 2012
Lotz gives the story a tragic dimension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 19, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2012
Deon Lotz gives a career-making performance in this petty-bourgeois tragedy which boldly shows both the mundanity and brutality that can lurk behind the closed doors of the South African middle classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

London Evening Standard
April 20, 2012
Few more truthful-seeming dramas about sexual repression have appeared in recent years than this one from Oliver Hermanus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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