The Tribe Reviews

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October 11, 2017
[Slaboshpitsky] has succeeded in being audaciously willful: by taking away a large part of what we respond to in a film-the aural elements-he makes it difficult for us to watch, but if you make the effort it becomes equally difficult to look away from.
December 31, 2015
The movie features no music, and no words, yet some moments are so powerful and visceral that I still caught myself covering my ears.
November 9, 2015
The Tribe revels in the distance it leaves between its audience and its characters, but in placing viewers on the outside, it also creates an experience that's almost perversely empathetic.
September 2, 2015
This is a challenging film that's not for everyone. Yet there's no denying its brilliant concept and its raw cinematic power.
August 6, 2015
There is nothing else like The Tribe, at once a searing, singular vision of a particular time and place and a brutal metaphor for the wounded human condition.
July 31, 2015
If there's one place where love has no place, it's here.
July 23, 2015
If "The Tribe" were set in the hearing world, its desolation would seem reductive and forced, a pose rather than a statement. Without words, the movie becomes a nihilistic fable and, indeed, something unheard of until now. It's silent opera.
July 17, 2015
Based on Slaboshpytskiy's experience as a crime reporter and on stories of Ukraine's "deaf Mafia," it's less a social portrait than an experiment in shaking up the balance of our senses: A tale of no sound, just fury.
July 16, 2015
A stunning examination of teenage cruelty, exploitation, and crime that refuses to give us the satisfaction of identifying with the characters.
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 9, 2015
An audacious and successful gamble from a first-time feature filmmaker who is now officially on his way.
July 9, 2015
A startlingly original, at times unbearably intense drama from Ukraine that - on a moment-to-moment, scene-by-scene basis - blows up expectations on every level: narratively, visually and in terms of performance.
July 9, 2015
The Tribe is a brilliant formal achievement that marks Ukrainian writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky as a filmmaker to watch.
July 9, 2015
It's got a story every bit as bold and fearless as its approach - the kind of primal story that's beyond the ken of language.
July 9, 2015
Slaboshpitsky frames his problematic protagonists with painterly meticulousness, their feral posturing and nakedness conveyed with improbable beauty.
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 25, 2015
One need not read it as a metaphor for the director's homeland to appreciate the movie as a tour de force.
June 25, 2015
Any expectations of conventional enjoyment must be checked at the door. Nevertheless, the film stands as a singular achievement.
June 19, 2015
An utter astonishment.
June 18, 2015
As an amazing piece of pure cinema, The Tribe needs to be experienced. And talked about.
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