The Mill and the Cross Reviews

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August 5, 2019
It's a compelling museum piece, an engaging piece of art history brought to vivid life by a man with a keen understanding of its roots and origins.
June 19, 2013
We almost feel that we ourselves have accomplished something just by being around while Bruegel doodled.
July 31, 2012
The Mill and the Cross provides a sort of stoner's take on Bruegel's masterpiece, if the stoner happens to be a scholar with expertise in the work of the genius painter.
April 9, 2012
Both painting and film are brought to vivid, extraordinary life by the power of the artist's will: This is Intelligent Design we can believe in.
January 19, 2012
"The Mill and the Cross" might not be perfect, but it's stimulating, hypnotic and, in its unique way, exciting.
January 18, 2012
Visually, it's a lavish dreamscape. But come prepared. This immersive and mostly nonverbal art tour of history could lead to an evening of regret.
November 14, 2011
While there are some interesting visuals, the lack of story and emotion doom this film.
November 11, 2011
The Mill and the Cross may thrill you. But be prepared for a fight. Twenty minutes in, your companion may throw up his or her arms and complain, "This is like watching a painting dry."
November 11, 2011
The Mill and the Cross is visually transporting, a painterly undertaking in every sense of the word. It's a neat case of a contemporary art form conveying to an audience what the painting itself might have conveyed to its viewers hundreds of years ago.
November 10, 2011
The Mill & the Cross invites us to inhabit a work of art along with the mind of the man who made it and to be enthralled by the images shared in vivid tableaux by visionary Polish director Lech Majewski.
November 3, 2011
"The Mill and the Cross" is a true cinematic oddity.
November 3, 2011
It's easy to imagine that some folks will find the film rapturous, but it's equally clear that there are others whom it will drive crazy.
October 21, 2011
André Bazin wrote about the mission of art to rescue the world from transience and corruption … I don't know if I've ever seen this idea more resoundingly affirmed.
October 20, 2011
What hangs before us is so striking, beautiful, strange, vast, horrifying, ethereal, lifelike - so alive - that we're desperate to enter the other side of the canvas, to be inside the painting.
October 20, 2011
If you see no more than the opening shots, you will never forget them.
October 18, 2011
Hauer is OK as Bruegel, but Charlotte Rampling is weird as the painting's Virgin Mary and, in a mostly non-verbal story, she's burdened by some excruciatingly gushy voiceovers .
October 14, 2011
Majewski's film is a captivating exercise that will interest fans of art, not to mention arthouse cinema.
October 14, 2011
"The Mill and the Cross" is an art-history lesson and a spiritual exercise disguised as a movie.
October 13, 2011
The experience of this film is primarily visual-dialogue is sparse and most of the sound is diegetic-which intensifies the impact of Majewski's bold conceit.
October 13, 2011
.. the filmmaker follows twelve of the painting's hundreds of people to impart a historical understanding of how Bruegel condemned Spain's religious persecution in his native Holland by making his Christ contemporary.
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