The Tribe Reviews

June 3, 2019
The Tribe could have gotten away with its desire to be nothing more than an ode to the virtues of rehearsal, if it didn't try to pretend it was anything more than that.
August 22, 2018
The Tribe ultimately doesn't have all that much to say. For all the deafening mayhem on display, it all but loses its voice.
August 16, 2017
Once you are accustomed to the manners and methodology of the film, what remains is the story. And in this one, it's thin gruel
August 2, 2017
With sexual and physical violence galore, an extended back-room abortion scene, and an unremitting wordlessness, this film is blisteringly difficult to watch.
July 17, 2015
The lack-of-language barrier is the least of its problems.
July 16, 2015
Overlong and not always successful in its storytelling, Slaboshpitsky consistently returns to sex and violence to shore up a weak plot about a guy who falls for the wrong girl.
July 10, 2015
[I]t's a successful experiment, but as a worthwhile story, the movie falls disappointingly short.
July 9, 2015
Winds up feeling like a gimmick, artificial and alarmist instead of authentic and revealing.
June 29, 2015
An intriguing setting and risky but successful no-dialogue or -subtitles approach is undermined by a dark plot that grows increasingly off-putting. The cinematography though is superb.
June 26, 2015
Slaboshpytskiy doesn't attempt to get inside the psychology of these people, or expand the meanings, political or otherwise, of their descent.
June 17, 2015
Story-wise, "The Tribe" is yet another art-film wallow in cruelty, not nearly as unique as its looks and its world.
June 17, 2015
In the end, [director Myroslav] Slaboshpytskiy pushes his story beyond plausibility, or it may be that he was striving for allegory all's unclear.
June 17, 2015
If Slaboshpitsky retrofitted his tiresome screenplay with sign language because he wanted to prove that everyone, no matter their circumstances, is only human, I can think of a dozen much less dimwitted strategies he might have employed.
March 18, 2015
The film is more interested in performance and symbolism than in the meaning of its characters' words or their substitutive gestures.
November 14, 2014
Arty, edgy, and bleak, The Tribe fails the plausibility test
September 9, 2014
The film's second half descends into increasingly explicit and shocking displays of violence, and, in fact, all of The Tribe is defined by either overheated emotions or extreme actions.