The Revenant Reviews

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February 13, 2020
Innaritu is an undeniably talented filmmaker and a good storyteller, but he's developing a nasty habit of becoming insufferably artsy.
July 9, 2019
The Revenant is like Iñárritu's last effort, Birdman, in that it's a movie that convinces you it's more significant and important than it is, when it's really just pretty and kinda dumb.
January 9, 2019
...it's a drawn out exercise in excruciation.
November 10, 2018
Purveys an air of faux spiritualism, and, ironically on a similar bent to Twelve Years A Slave, it confuses epic with meaningful, and sadism with attrition.
November 3, 2018
With all of its technical virtuosity, The Revenant nevertheless has little soul. DiCaprio's performance is a tortured master class in method re-acting, but all of the prolonged suffering turns gratuitous.
October 25, 2018
The Revenant was heralded as one of the best films of the year before a frame was ever viewed, but this film does not deserve to be in that conversation.
August 29, 2018
Inspired by a true story that one suspects is more intriguing than this retelling.
August 27, 2018
What is The Revenant if not mythologizing?
August 23, 2018
Becomes more and more ridiculous as the minutes tick by.
August 21, 2018
I applaud the endurance that actors undertook to get into the role and the cinematography is outstanding but for me the film lacked the poetic and almost lyrical style of The Last Of The Mohicans or Dances With Wolves.
April 30, 2018
One thing is certain: Iñárittu has finally solved the problem of how to film a realistic bear fight. The next cinematic problem he should tackle is screenwriting.
March 22, 2018
The Revenant is visually stunning, but the story is simplistic...all that agony makes the movie something to endure rather than inspire.
October 10, 2017
I'm going to make more jokes about The Revenant, because this is basically a live action Road Runner cartoon, and DiCaprio is Wile E. Coyote.
October 9, 2017
The Revenant is awash with Herzog's perception of the natural world's indifference (at best) to man. If only they could have got him to direct this.
September 21, 2017
Ultimately, The Revenant suggests no deeper or more nuanced truths than a medieval morality play.
September 12, 2017
It's more like a post-morality play in which greed, commerce, violence, and villainy are so deeply entrenched that no one emerges with his soul unscathed.
August 21, 2017
What the human characters are up to-in confusing, ever-on-the-move cohorts of French, Americans, and Indians-doesn't feel like it amounts to much.
August 16, 2017
This is a movie that must be endured, in the same way that an interminable lecture from a particularly boring mansplainer about the Swedish banking system must be stood.
August 10, 2017
There are nine circles of hell in Dante's Inferno, and the ninth is sheer ice. The Revenant is death, purgatory and hell, and each of Dante's circle of hell is somehow represented in the film.
June 20, 2017
The Revenant's primitive beauty is overwhelming (a tip of the hat to celebrated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki). However, the lack of any human connection - to Glass or anyone else - keeps us from being drawn into the story as we should be.
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