The Believer Reviews

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February 3, 2018
... stars an astonishing Ryan Gosling...
November 15, 2017
People have a right to make godless films. Bean's made one, and it's as brilliant as it is humane.
January 1, 2013
Gosling's Danny is frighteningly believable, in his mad hatreds and when gradually confronting inner doubts.
October 15, 2009
An exploration of what it means to be Jewish and what it means to hate - two separate subjects that happen to overlap in this case.
December 30, 2006
September 27, 2006
The underlying premise of The Believer is simple and understandable to any one of us who have grown indifferent to many of the teachings we accepted with such naivet, such open hopeful hearts throughout our early education.
April 6, 2006
Loosely based on Daniel Burros (a Nazi who killed himself when the NY Times revealed his Jewishness), the film offers a stimulating meditation on the inescapable impact of religion and burden of history on personal identities.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
No polemic, the movie puts our own religious sensibilities and prejudices to the test. The result is arresting, prickly, vaguely funny, even - 'difficult' in the best sense.
December 6, 2005
June 7, 2004
Em uma performance absolutamente brilhante, o jovem Ryan Gosling cria um personagem que, mesmo moralmente desprezvel, fascina por seu conflito interior.
July 18, 2003
The underdevloped Believer has at its core a performance of searing and genuine intensity, yet it also regrettably handles the psychological turmoil of its antagonistic protagonist with kid gloves.
July 3, 2003
Gosling projects a feral intelligence that is riveting...
July 2, 2003
It's an explosive and disturbing film that forces the audience to ask difficult questions about the nature of belief.
June 29, 2003
It made for an emotionally hair-pulling ride, without benefit of much intellectual give and take.
April 29, 2003
An uncomfortable experience, but one as brave and challenging as you could possibly expect these days from American cinema.
April 27, 2003
The Believer is packed to the gills with various speeches and lectures and theological bantering. Much of it ends with someone getting a baseball bat to the head.
February 23, 2003
this polarizing film deserves a wider audience
January 30, 2003
Artful, effective and socially redeeming stuff.
December 8, 2002
You just get the sense that what you're seeing is a very personal struggle in what will probably be one of the most powerful films of the year.
November 20, 2002
Like Edward Norton in American History X, Ryan Gosling (Murder By Numbers) delivers a magnetic performance.
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