The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) Reviews

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August 14, 2019
Though the movie is absolutely bonkers and ridiculously silly, it has heart and just enough insight into the human condition to resonate...
April 18, 2019
Weird, wonderful, and with plenty of soul, The Brand New Testament shows that a simple idea - and a little chutzpah - can go a very long way.
December 12, 2018
The best way to talk about religion in film is with the tongue firmly planted in cheek. The Belgian film THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT is just that, but with flares of magic.
August 11, 2018
It takes a wildly clever setup and fails utterly to deliver on its own premise; and does so in a visual language lifted wholesale from other, better films.
July 3, 2018
This saccharine religious comedy from Belgium's Jaco Van Dormael fails to live up to its initial promise.
January 19, 2018
... quite different from everything that tends to be released commercially... [Full review in Spanish]
November 12, 2017
Women are the heroes that can save humankind.
June 21, 2017
The Brand New Testament may be seen as slightly irreverent, but only in a good way.
January 1, 2017
While The Brand New Testament relies too heavily on surface level satire for my liking, its broad strokes are so cheekily amusing that the film is easy to recommend.
December 30, 2016
Even the devout, surely, will warm to Dormael's alt-gospel: one of compassion, oddball fish gags and cheerier skylines.
December 29, 2016
Has a profoundly whimsical sense of poetic justice told in bright colors, sincere performances, and bracing social satire.
December 27, 2016
Consistently playful, often delightful and frequently funny.
December 27, 2016
An irreverent but otherwise harmless ontological satire that puts a cartoonish spin on the Christian origin story.
December 27, 2016
Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good.
December 27, 2016
It's just as silly as it sounds, but it's also a joyous celebration of heresy from a country that deserves a good laugh.
December 27, 2016
The Brand New Testament is extra-whimsical yet hard as nails when we get down to the rough stuff, like mortality, love, and sadness. What better choice for a holiday matinee at the movies?
December 15, 2016
A lighthearted/darkhearted romp through modern misery, frontloaded with imagination and light on the finish.
December 15, 2016
Some movies are worth a look just to see Catherine Deneuve romance a gorilla.
December 15, 2016
The Brand New Testament may well be the purest fantasy film of the year. It's certainly one of the most satisfying.
December 15, 2016
It's a freewheeling, live-action satire that could well have been animated, a quality (among others) that it shares with Terry Gilliam's features.
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