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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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It is a marvel of aesthetic control, speaking almost entirely from images, giving the film a documentary feel that it earns the hard way and puts to worthy use. We have entered a place where a false step could be fatal.
...a riveting, fascinating account of one man's struggle, in the face of terrible suffering, to salvage human dignity through a single act of religious piety. (Not that it's ever stated so prosaically, or stated at all. There is no need.)
Finally, a cinematic genre heretofore mired in pietistic melodrama and safe aesthetic distance has been blown open and virtually reinvented, even the well-known contours of its subject matter reinvested with urgency, meaning and mournful honesty.
For all its intensity, Son of Saul is never ponderous. It moves so quickly, and relies so little on dialogue, that you need to race a little to keep up with it, and to keep your eyes open every second.
Son Of Saul, for all the enormity of its subject matter, is an oddly gripping experience-a vision of intense purpose found in what may be the final hours of a life. It's also a pretty stunning formal accomplishment ...
It's impossible to be a lover of cinema without having been down this road before in films like Schindler's List and The Pianist. But Nemes is telling his story in a revolutionary new way-and it's devastating.
It is unlike anything you have seen before-a film that constantly uses the tools of the form to produce emotional impact and yet doesn't allow that formal rigidity to defeat its human element. It's unforgettable.