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The Return Reviews

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March 27, 2013
The story, set in contemporary Russia, seems unexceptional at the start. Yet it plays out against a vast wilderness of shorelines and lakes, and turns tantalizing ambiguity into urgent mystery.
March 27, 2013
The long and eventful fishing trip Dad drags the boys on is simultaneously a very real voyage through the Russian wilderness and also, like, a Jungian trip, man.
March 27, 2013
Throughout his expertly controlled film, Zvyagintsev never allows a break in the clouds to provide some reassuring sign that the brothers are on solid footing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 27, 2013
Mysterious, compelling, visually inventive, The Return is a quiet but intense metaphysical-drama of great emotional impact and insight.
March 27, 2013
Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching.
March 27, 2013
Zvyagintsev gets formidable concentration from his youthful actors, and his storytelling moves with the simplicity -- calm, chiselled, and suggestive -- of a fable.
June 4, 2009
Constructed like an eerie, metaphorical thriller, this tense, riveting character study offers viewers nearly two hours of emotions with a stunning pay-off no one will be expecting.
September 9, 2007
Like each episode of Kieslowski's Decalogue, The Return is a small but potent story. It leads us to ask: Is it ever enough to just 'trust and obey'?
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 11, 2006
A harrowing, elusively biblical account… echoes of Abraham and Isaac, the Gospel parables about fathers and pairs of sons, and the Second Coming.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 9, 2006
Zvyagintsev's Venice prize-winner is a model of suspenseful storytelling. The acting, too, is terrific. Very highly recommended indeed.
October 11, 2005
magnificent return of a great cinema tradition to the world stage
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 8, 2005
Si uno se queda sólo en la primera lectura del drama familiar, la experiencia puede ser bastante desconcertante.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2005
Um estudo de personagens cuja força se torna ainda maior em função das belas performances do trio principal.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2005
The Return feels like an experiment designed to find out how much basic plot information you can withhold from an audience and still have an interesting movie.
December 26, 2004
... an unsentimental film about how childhood lingers until it abruptly ends.
Read More | Original Score: 90/100
December 15, 2004
an absorbing psychological drama and coming-of-age story in the guise of a road movie
| Original Score: 4.5/5
August 20, 2004
What begins as a simple road trip becomes a spiritual journey, the classic passage from boy to man.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 20, 2004
The story sidesteps all expectations and does not go where you might expect.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 20, 2004
To any masochist who's been pining for all those cliched tropes associated with Russian cinema -- ponderous pacing and arcane symbolism shot through a lens darkly -- this will seem a welcome blast from the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2004
A remarkable achievement.
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