The Mirror Reviews

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.
May 21, 2005
Mirror, a new film by Andrei Tarkovsky, the controversial and unorthodox Soviet director, is delighting, puzzling, disaping serious Muscovite movie enthusiasts.
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
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.