The Mill and the Cross Reviews

June 19, 2013
We almost feel that we ourselves have accomplished something just by being around while Bruegel doodled.
January 19, 2012
"The Mill and the Cross" might not be perfect, but it's stimulating, hypnotic and, in its unique way, exciting.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
September 22, 2011
As art history, the movie is splendid. As a film, it is didactic and photogenic - but not cinematic.
September 16, 2011
Computer-generated imagery is often used to simulate the future in motion pictures, but the ravishing The Mill and the Cross uses it to replicate the past.
September 15, 2011
While it's far from easy going, The Mill And The Cross is worth attempting for its stunning visuals alone.
September 14, 2011
Majewski's film is a dazzling master class in visual composition.
September 14, 2011
No description can do justice to "The Mill and the Cross," which must be seen to be fully appreciated.
September 13, 2011
An extraordinary example of both art-historical interpretation and CGI as passport to unknown lands, The Mill and the Cross... is a moving-image tribute to the still image, with its ability to "wrestle the senseless moment to the ground."
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.
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.
February 10, 2011
This attempt to explore and dramatize a masterpiece of 16th-century art falls flat.
January 28, 2011
Neither conventional costume drama nor abstract objet d'art, this visually ravishing, surprisingly beguiling gamble won't fit any standard arthouse niche.