The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) Reviews

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.
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.
Top Critic
December 8, 2016
A satire whose whimsies and sight gags frequently click, but whose philosophical impact is negligible.
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.
June 3, 2016
A film full of cheap fantastic realism, gross surrealism and recycled humor. [Full review in Spanish]
June 2, 2016
A missed opportunity, a gag limited by the lack of irony. [Full review in Spanish]
April 25, 2016
Von Dormael's mischievous sense of humour is displayed in tiny, unexpected details... But other jokes, like a woman with a gorilla soul-mate, feel sluggish by comparison.
April 14, 2016
Dormael can't be faulted for his ambition. But his corking idea never quite pays off.
April 14, 2016
Some nice moments, but it doesn't seriously - or funnily - engage with the idea of religion.
April 14, 2016
The Brand New Testament is a fundamentally nice film but niceness is incompatible with the sort of black comedy it shows every sign of wanting to be.
March 23, 2016
There isn't a satisfying sense of purpose to the story. It's quite sweet and gentle and tries at times to be profound, as if the crew has been shown Amelie on a loop. Indeed there are touching moments, but what does it all add up to? Not very much really.
February 16, 2016
It's as if Van Dormael realised how thin his ideas were but still felt the need to pad the film out to an enervating two hours.