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The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun Reviews

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 1, 2008
The film, letting us read between the lines, creates a charming depiction of two people who become necessary to each other.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 31, 2008
A dull and dreary film that derives its entertainment value from exploiting the sociopathology of its central character.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
October 26, 2007
The truths of [the subject's] life, no matter how unbelievable they may seem at times, make him almost heroic and the film almost perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
September 1, 2007
A sly, quiet documentary.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 1, 2007
The Monastery is like the opposite of Into Great Silence.
| Original Score: B-
Ken Fox
TV Guide
August 31, 2007
Against all odds, you'll leave this remarkable film caring quite a bit for the old coot -- surely a sign of a very good documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 31, 2007
It might bring a tear to your eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 31, 2007
Takes 80-plus minutes to cover what happened over the next six years as this oddest of odd couples feud, fuss and finally become friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 31, 2007
A psychologically rich documentary about the spiritual practice of generosity and the difficulty we all have in letting go of rigid ideas and habit energies which have dominated our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
August 29, 2007
An oddly graceful combination of fairy tale and romantic comedy, set in a forgotten corner of the world.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 29, 2007
In The Monastery: Mr. Vig & the Nun, Jorgen Lauersen Vig comes across as a hybrid of quasi-Dickensian curmudgeon and modern grumpy old man.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 29, 2007
This slim, sparsely drawn and gently affecting documentary fulfills the promise of Mr. Vig's singular visage.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2007
Pernille Rose Grønkjær's portrait of Mr. Vig is one of affecting honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 28, 2007
Unlike far too many human-interest docs today, director Pernille Rose Grønkjær's fantastic little character portrait doesn't rest on the strength of its personality, with prudent attention paid to aesthetic nuances.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 28, 2007
Anyone who has ever been involved in a dream building or renovation project will be especially fascinated with this real-life adventure-cum-fairy tale.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
January 25, 2007
Shot in such a way as to make the castle seem like it resides in another world, The Monastery is interesting enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Leslie Felperin
January 18, 2007
Pernille Rose Gronkjaer builds an affectionate but admirably unsentimental portrait of her eccentric, headstrong protagonists.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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