Son of Saul Reviews

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October 2, 2017
It gives you too little information to answer questions you may have.
May 1, 2016
The whole film is a crushing experience, giving you very little chance to regain perspective.
April 29, 2016
A film that plunges you, shoulder height, into the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau during the final days of the war.
March 4, 2016
It's hard to overpraise Son of Saul. It is one of the greatest films ever made.
February 29, 2016
The brute force is punishing, but there's real moral and intellectual rigour behind it.
February 25, 2016
Nemes, in his first feature, is a bold, experimental voice with a clear vision -- a filmmaker to watch and study for years to come.
February 17, 2016
Formally riveting, emotionally shattering, and astonishingly confident.
February 12, 2016
Brutal and brilliant, "Son of Saul" may be the most harrowing film ever made about the Holocaust, which should give you an idea of how hard it is to watch.
February 4, 2016
An appalling, overwhelming descent into the heart of the Holocaust.
January 29, 2016
A harrowing immersion into the lives of a lesser-known caste of prisoners in the camps. The film's ultimate message, however, is a puzzle.
January 28, 2016
You will never shake this film off, ever, and that is a powerful and enriching thing.
January 28, 2016
Easily the most exciting new film I've seen over the past year.
January 28, 2016
Nemes has made a gripping film almost entirely free of movie heroics or placating visual strategies. It's not an easy experience. Nor should it be.
January 27, 2016
There are numerous powerful Holocaust movies available but I don't think I've ever seen anything that offers the kind of grim, you-are-there perspective of Son of Saul.
January 21, 2016
On the whole it's daring and committed, and in Röhrig's tremendously focused performance, it honors all the saints we'll never know.
January 21, 2016
Offers a crushing view of humanity at its most desperate, and a view of one man's fevered efforts to find grace and dignity amid the horror.
January 17, 2016
The movie is at once clinical in its accumulation of small details and dreamlike in its execution, a waking nightmare through which Saul somnambulates, the audience right alongside him.
January 15, 2016
...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.)
January 14, 2016
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.
January 14, 2016
The opening sequence achieves the outer limits of film art. Movies simply don't get more powerful than this.
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