The Cut Reviews

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August 29, 2018
An effective and old-fashioned weeper about a volatile time for the Armenian people.
March 20, 2016
Its historical devils are never really front and center, and The Cut could, in fact, be described as the most hopeful genocide drama ever.
February 12, 2016
He's a man traversing the frontier and isolated pockets of humanity (not always welcoming) to find the promised land of family, and Akin and cinematographer Rainer Klausmann find astounding backdrops for his odyssey...
October 29, 2015
Akin uses a visually compelling yet sober, almost restrained, aesthetic that differs from the more full-throttle approach of some of his previous work.
October 15, 2015
Despite its visual beauty and Rahim's extraordinary, and silent, performance, the film never quite manages to connect on an emotional level.
October 9, 2015
Bombardment of images resonates from Holocaust films. . .Powerful travelogue visuals almost overwhelm the enormity of Armenian genocide and the cross-continental diaspora.
October 1, 2015
Akin has mischievously called the movie a western, and his wide-screen photography gives a sweeping sense of the vast distances separating the hero from his girls.
September 30, 2015
[Akin] is s a resourceful collector of the sounds and sensations of the contemporary world... but there are only a few vividly imagined moments in [this] muted, somber passage...
September 24, 2015
Those with a greater patience for streamlined, propulsive storytelling will be rewarded with a riveting saga of parental determination and historical horror.
September 20, 2015
The Cut is a haunting movie, but there are times when one wonders whether Akin should go more for the emotional jugular, rub our faces in the monstrosity he's depicting.
September 18, 2015
The aftermath of the Armenian genocide should have more emotional resonance than is the case with this muddled and superficial period epic.
September 18, 2015
"The Cut" is not an optimistic film, but it presents a scenario rich enough to make you want to be optimistic.
September 17, 2015
This depiction could be seen as an allegory of the millions who have been displaced by the Syrian war and continue to fight for their survival as refugees.
September 17, 2015
The journey is brutal, and at over two hours it's exhausting. But it's a story that needs to be told.
September 17, 2015
Too many scenes feel routine or clichd, sometimes even those depicting extreme experiences.
September 17, 2015
The hostility directed to this immensely powerful film by RT critics is probably a function of writing for the commercial press that prefers Adam Sandler junk. For those with a heart, this is not to be missed.
September 17, 2015
The Armenian genocide and its aftermath are filtered through the eyes of a featureless man in The Cut, Turkish director Fatih Akin's laborious latest.
September 15, 2015
This epic of genocide, exile, and fortitude offers raw emotion and marvelous vistas - and is also a demanding sit, as epics of genocide and exile probably should be.
September 14, 2015
Armenian blacksmith cast adrift by World War I searches for his family in an ambitious but flawed period epic.
September 14, 2015
Fatih Akin falls back on convenience and contrivance to streamline the thornier specificities of his grand-scale narrative.
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