Stations of the Cross Reviews

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April 3, 2019
Built around an exceptional lead performance from débutante Lea van Acken, Stations of the Cross is a captivating and visually arresting catastrophe.
June 21, 2017
Stations of the Cross is a quiet film, deep in content and profoundly critical of the Catholic Church's culture of repression that misguides young minds by limiting their senses and curtailing their experiences.
July 16, 2015
Stations of the Cross belongs among the decade's best films about the lengths one must go to in order to balance strong beliefs with a tolerance toward a secular world that fights against those beliefs.
July 11, 2015
While the film's craftsmanship and experimental form go some way toward mitigating the convenient plotting and confused point of view, wrapping the whole in craw-sticking sanctimony is a sin too far for forgiveness.
July 10, 2015
In the end, the formalism of "Stations of the Cross" wouldn't work at all without the work of van Acken, a very talented young lady who's not only in every scene, she's often all there is to every scene.
July 9, 2015
An austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy.
Top Critic
July 9, 2015
There's a purity, cinematic if not spiritual, to the way Brüggemann carefully composes each static shot, as though they all really were paintings to be arranged in succession along a line of pews.
July 7, 2015
There's more than a sneaking suspicion that the rush to preach against religious excess -- a worthy pursuit -- has merely resulted in another form of sanctimonious sermonizing.
July 7, 2015
Newcomer Van Acken is a phenomenal find and she's never less than believably torn between doing the right thing and being her own person.
July 7, 2015
The ending's a touch too cute, but the best scenes here stand as potent, empathetic, well-observed broadsides against fundamentalism.
July 2, 2015
A spiritual movie for practicing empathy and compassion for fearful fundamentalists.
June 27, 2015
It understands that fitting in, for many contemporary youth, means standing out by attaching oneself to ideological tenets.
December 1, 2014
Dietrich Brggemann's disturbing drama premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and is divided into 14 parts, often pale, minimalist tableaux, for the 14 Stations of the Cross.
November 30, 2014
Stations of the Cross appears to acknowledge the miraculous, even as it descends into hell on Earth.
November 28, 2014
Ascetic and unwavering, the film's gaze on the ultimate form of religious devotion offers the viewer few comforts but plenty to chew over.
November 28, 2014
A bracingly audacious approach to storytelling sets this film apart from the crowd, as it recounts an unnerving series of events in an inventive way.
November 28, 2014
Pared down images and intense, polemical dialogue capture a young girl's struggle to reconcile her personal belief in God with her community's blinkered religious values.
November 28, 2014
Passionate, generous, witty; Dietrich Bruggemann's study of a fanatical Catholic family renews one's faith in the power of slow art movies to change the world.
November 28, 2014
This brilliant and subtle comedy about teenage martyrdom argues that extremism has no place in the modern world.
November 28, 2014
The use of a static camera for the majority of the vignettes imposes a stylistic rigour to match the religious intransigence.
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