The Revenant Reviews
February 26, 2021
The "extremism" and historical exoticism of The Revenant ... are substitutes for confronting the basic facts of modern life.
January 7, 2021
The Revenant is a series of conventions writ large, like a 90s Mel Gibson thriller projected on a mountainside. Such a flimsy underpinning for such aesthetic grandeur can only collapse quickly.
December 4, 2020
In favor of nonstop, mesmerizing technical achievements, the film fails to be anything more than a series of striking images.
July 13, 2020
There's no pathos here, no emotional pull towards the main character's journey.
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.
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 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.