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The Mill and the Cross Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
September 17, 2011
'The Mill and the Cross' is a fully aware and intentionally engaged with artifice and its process. Why then, is its very artificiality so off-putting?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David D'Arcy
Screen International
February 10, 2011
The epic film is a breakthrough in transforming a painting into a moving picture, but sadly the drama doesn't rise to the level of its novelty and ambition.
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
May 13, 2011
Majewski's superficially striking ruminations on art feel academic.
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
November 14, 2011
While there are some interesting visuals, the lack of story and emotion doom this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Christopher Null
September 15, 2011
can't really be called a success or a failure. It just hangs there, dangling on the screen in dialogue with itself
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 22, 2011
As art history, the movie is splendid. As a film, it is didactic and photogenic - but not cinematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2011
Despite a too slow pace for my own tastes, Hauer helps move the film along by being captivating even in just a few scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
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 .
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2011
This attempt to explore and dramatize a masterpiece of 16th-century art falls flat.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 14, 2011
Majewski's film is a captivating exercise that will interest fans of art, not to mention arthouse cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
September 14, 2011
Majewski's film is a dazzling master class in visual composition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Fusing art, cinema and history, filmmaker Lech Majewski dramatically brings Pieter Brueghel's 1564 The Procession to Calvary to life with a degree of ambition the rivals the more esoteric work of Peter Greenaway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 20, 2011
If you see no more than the opening shots, you will never forget them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
September 13, 2011
In this lush and hypnotic examination of a painter's work and the times in which he lived, Mr. Majewski presents an extended contemplation of the creative process itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 15, 2011
While it's far from easy going, The Mill And The Cross is worth attempting for its stunning visuals alone.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 3, 2011
"The Mill and the Cross" is a true cinematic oddity.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
September 16, 2011
Majewski's filmic voice isn't for everyone, filled with lengthy tableaus without obvious meaning, but it's strong and truly unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2011
Lech Majewski succeeds so well in saturating his images with meaning that when the barebones dialogue is heard it seems frustratingly stale and superfluous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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