The Mirror Reviews

July 31, 2021
It might be Tarkovsky's most impenetrable, most incomprehensible, and most impressive.
July 21, 2021
One can easily describe the film by proclaiming it as an exploration of life from the perspective of a dying man, yet, Mirror is so much more than that.
February 2, 2021
...a dense, complex work that grows more accessible and rewarding with repeat exposure.
May 17, 2020
The film about the subjective experience of how human memory is (dis)organised that every other film about memory strives to be and cannot quite reach.
August 1, 2016
Its imagery and mysticism have by no means lost their power to astound.
May 21, 2016
[D]eeply, sometimes abstrusely impressionistic... What's real and what isn't, what's past and what's present is difficult to untangle... [O]ften seductively beautiful to look at...
October 15, 2015
The Mirror deserves a big-screen viewing, with its smorgasbord of memories in dream, drama and newsreel form from the life of a dying poet.
August 4, 2015
There isn't a scene here which isn't strikingly shot and the final impression is of something personal, mysterious and yet frequently profoundly resonant.
August 4, 2015
The smallest details (a stammering child, the wrinkle in the turned page of a book) stick like burrs, and we are left to wonder if any director has delved with more modesty and honesty into the heartbreak of the past.
August 4, 2015
No tidy resolutions, no easy steps from here to there. But what The Mirror lacks in simple logic it makes up for in satisfying emotions.
August 4, 2015
Tarkovsky goes for the great white whale of politicised art -- no less than a history of his country in this century seen in terms of the personal -- and succeeds.
August 4, 2015
Yes, it sounds like hard work. But Tarkovsky gets away with the doleful pace and elusiveness thanks to one thing -- his breathtaking eye for simple, stunning beauty.
August 22, 2012
It's an awesomely simple idea, and yet hugely complex.
September 7, 2011
It is a film that is difficult to adequately describe -- and one I believe is impossible to process in one sitting.
December 31, 2008
Made in the tradition of Resnais and Bergman, The Mirror, Tarkovsky's personal meditation about his childhood, scandalized Soviet authorities with its self-reflexive tone and poetic visual style.
November 30, 2007
Cinema as art as cinema as art.
January 30, 2007
One of Tarkovsky's most impenetrable films, it nonetheless left me staggered and awestruck.
July 29, 2006
Tarkovsky shoots for the moon and for the most part succeeds in trying to make his personal story also a lesson in political art.
May 21, 2005
Mirror, a new film by Andrei Tarkovsky, the controversial and unorthodox Soviet director, is delighting, puzzling, disaping serious Muscovite movie enthusiasts.
March 5, 2002
This is the sort of film that starts you off without a net and leaves you to find your own footing.