The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) Reviews

July 3, 2018
This saccharine religious comedy from Belgium's Jaco Van Dormael fails to live up to its initial promise.
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 15, 2016
A lighthearted/darkhearted romp through modern misery, frontloaded with imagination and light on the finish.
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.
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 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.
April 17, 2016
The film's generous spirit keeps digging it out of trouble.
April 14, 2016
A wild feat of visual imagination.
April 14, 2016
Some nice moments, but it doesn't seriously - or funnily - engage with the idea of religion.
April 11, 2016
A film with a big heart and an even bigger imagination.