The Nightingale Reviews

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May 25, 2020
It's a compelling movie but Kent's vision is too brutal. I couldn't get past its violent nature to digest the historic approach. [Full review in Spanish].
May 22, 2020
It is an extremely difficult film to watch. It's quite a smart film [...] and Jennifer Kent's direction is very accomplished. But I do think it's a legitimate question to ask whether [the brutality] is pushed a little too far.
April 3, 2020
The Nightingale is disturbingly upfront about what it wants to show you, but frustratingly elusive about what it might be wanting to say.
March 10, 2020
Kent's deglamorized, relentlessly unpleasant depiction of suffering couldn't be further from the adolescent glee of Tarantino's films. Still, there's something vaguely two-faced about Kent's revenge narrative.
February 15, 2020
Its unrelenting (and repetitive) brutality is tough to stomach and, for some, will stumble over into exploitation territory (at heart, this is a revenge thriller from the 1970s).
February 6, 2020
It's unapologetic in the way Kent confronts the troubled past of her own country, although the equating of the abuse of white women to the near-massacre of entire race of people has continued to trouble this writer some days after viewing.
January 24, 2020
If anything, The Nightingale is proof that humans have always had the capacity to horribly oppressed others and deny them their rights in order to feel superior -- a world that still lacks justice for all.
January 18, 2020
Just as it's unflinching in its portrayal of sexual assault and violence, so too is The Nightingale honest about the idea of revenge.
January 17, 2020
[T]here's a sick serenity to The Nightingale at its heart, sinking into a sea of grey areas only to burst out the other end.
December 31, 2019
Kent, here turns in a sophomore effort that solidifies her as a powerful voice in film thanks to not only her vision, but the fearless performances led by Aisling Franciosi that is simply gut-wrenching to watch.
December 31, 2019
Any film as enervating as this must be doing something right.
December 22, 2019
The Nightingale's depiction of Tasmania as a Hobbesian nightmare that steadily strips the soul from its new settlers will leave a mental scar that won't easily heal.
December 22, 2019
Franciosi's electric performance is chilling and holds things together when things seem to be teetering towards the end.
December 13, 2019
Already stamped as one of the toughest movies of the year to watch.
December 11, 2019
The Nightingale sustains Kent's reputation as a promising talent - a filmmaker who employs familiar tropes to explore some of the darkest impulses of human nature.
December 11, 2019
It's a rough watch, to be sure, but rewards the viewer who makes an effort to stick it out.
December 11, 2019
Its tenderness is striking: the way it infuses song with a longing for country that goes beyond language ... [A] challenging reminder that even sympathetic characters are enmeshed in systems of atrocity.
December 9, 2019
A surprisingly beautiful work, even poetic, despite the harshenss of what it tells and shows. And this is a merit available to very few current filmmakers. [Full review in Spanish]
December 6, 2019
The Nightingale is a film about violence; it is unrelenting in approach, uncompromising in perspective, and uncomfortable to watch.
December 6, 2019
It's to Kent's great credit that she finds so much humanity in such a grim story.
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