Reviews

Mar 16, 2020
Son of Saul is a film of considerable virtuosity, a harrowing film like no other before it.
Aug 25, 2018
Son of Saul employs the formal mechanics of filmmaking to turn [its] ... questions back in on and around themselves, doing what cinema does best in the hands of great filmmakers: showing by not showing, telling by not telling.
Feb 1, 2018
Perhaps one of the most striking works of art about the Holocaust yet made.
Mar 7, 2017
Son of Saul is a masterwork that leads viewers right to the gates of hell.
Aug 16, 2016
Important as it is essential, the movie is a remarkable achievement deserving of every honor and ounce of acclaim it has so far achieved, watching it a catastrophically profound experience I'm not soon to forget.
May 3, 2016
It's an extraordinary method of making this unfathomable act personal, a formalist experiment that yields stunning emotional dividends.
May 1, 2016
The whole film is a crushing experience, giving you very little chance to regain perspective.
Apr 29, 2016
A film that plunges you, shoulder height, into the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau during the final days of the war.
Apr 28, 2016
It has sometimes been suggested that there's little more to be said, in cinematic terms, [about the Holocaust].... The single-minded power and visceral immediacy of Nemes's achievement, rightly acclaimed and awarded, prove otherwise.
Apr 28, 2016
A story about morsels of humanity rescued from an unspeakable hell. If there's a film to feel trapped in, this is it.
Apr 28, 2016
I can only say the film is, by its own measure, a triumph. Engineered with virtuoso skill, every moment screams You Are Here. And here is hell.
Apr 27, 2016
Unthinkable as it seems, there is a glimmer of light in this appalling darkness, infinitesimal yet inextinguishable. Ultimately, it is that glimmer which makes Son of Saul so traumatic.
Mar 4, 2016
It's hard to overpraise Son of Saul. It is one of the greatest films ever made.
Feb 29, 2016
The brute force is punishing, but there's real moral and intellectual rigour behind it.
Feb 26, 2016
To say that this is a challenging experience is an understatement.
Feb 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.
Feb 25, 2016
It's a harrowing reminder of exactly why we must never forget.
Feb 17, 2016
Formally riveting, emotionally shattering, and astonishingly confident.
Feb 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.
Feb 4, 2016
An appalling, overwhelming descent into the heart of the Holocaust.