The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) Reviews

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December 15, 2016
Morbid comedy? Meditation on happiness? Theological allegory wrapped inside a silly joke? Maybe a little of all three.
December 15, 2016
[An] inventive comic fantasy.
December 15, 2016
Starting with a premise that a smart-aleck high school sophomore might take pride in, the film rallies late to make some points about patriarchy and female empowerment, but not before a barrage of clichés, tweeness, and inanity.
December 13, 2016
A diverting, often chuckleworthy, sometimes provocative act of creation.
December 13, 2016
Even more than its fanciful flourishes, however, The Brand New Testament is elevated by its consistent sense of humor.
December 11, 2016
Nutty gags-a couple Terry Gilliam-worthy-and crisp comic timing allow the boisterous tone to rise above the machinations of a busy plot.
December 9, 2016
Bold, zany and outrageously funny. The most wildly original comedy since Being John Malkovich. It's a godsend!
December 9, 2016
... juggles shifts in tone without overdosing on sentimentality, and the offbeat result is whimsical but wise.
December 9, 2016
A dramedy about the Divine Feminine with a surplus of laughter, tears, music that touches the soul, and miracles that soften the heart.
December 8, 2016
A surreal comedy whose endless visual imagination matches its conceptual wit.
Top Critic
December 8, 2016
A satire whose whimsies and sight gags frequently click, but whose philosophical impact is negligible.
December 8, 2016
A clever exercise in gently heretical whimsy from Belgian writer-director Jaco Van Dormael.
December 7, 2016
Testament is full of bad jokes (like a man repeatedly throwing himself from great heights to prove he won't die) and, in spite of Groyne's grave, determined presence as Ea, is borderline offensive.
December 6, 2016
At first, the film's dark humor is amusing, only for it to wear off once an actual plot kicks into motion.
August 8, 2016
It ought to be too daft and random for its own good, but Brand New Testament is a book we can believe in. Hallelujah.
July 11, 2016
Not only is it smart and irreverent, but in between laughs it makes a deep reflection that's relevant to our times. [Full review in Spanish]
July 11, 2016
With an incredibly original script, the film keeps you on edge at all times. [Full review in Spanish]
July 5, 2016
No one can accuse cowriter/director Jaco Van Dormael of not having a vivid imagination. This sly religious satire will delight anyone who's ever wondered how God can allow such misery in the world with its 'All you need is love' feminist coup.
June 9, 2016
A playful film with lots of imagination, very provocative. [Full review in Spanish]
June 8, 2016
An episodic film that allows the director to play with different visual styles, that's the film biggest appeal. [Full review in Spanish]
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