The Turin Horse Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
April 6, 2012
Ohlsdorfer and his daughter are incidental, elements in a landscape, unable to affect it or their fate, no matter their puny efforts to maintain routine, perhaps the most alarming sign of their so-called civilization.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2012
Through Tarr's meticulous vision, these ordinary hardships take on cosmic weight; this is tedium vividly rendered.
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 6, 2012
If this truly is Bela Tarr's final film, there's no arguing he bows out with something extraordinary that no other director could have imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 16, 2012
An intentionally monotonous look at the lives of a farmer and his daughter. Strange events signal the end is nigh, but it approaches at the pace of a lethargic inchworm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2012
One of the finest and most sublimely harrowing depictions of the End Times that I have ever seen in a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 8, 2012
Mihály Vig's dirge-like soundtrack underscores the eloquent futility, which makes Bresson's Balthazar seem Disney-like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dave White
March 2, 2012
Tarr says this is his last movie. And it feels like it. After you've ended the entire world, not with a giant planet collision like Lars Von Trier did in Melancholia but by simply shooting out the lights, what else is there?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
Starkly beautiful and exceedingly demanding, "The Turin Horse," which Hungarian master Béla Tarr has said will be his last film, is both easy and impossible to define.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 28, 2012
The film is stunningly shot by Fred Kelemen, whose camera snakes around the one room interior of the humble home of 58 year-old cab driver Ohlsdorfer (János Derzsi, with a face Albrecht Dürer would have loved) and his daughter...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 25, 2012
Hungary's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film, Béla Tarr's final work is a masterwork. Although a masterwork beyond most viewers' appreciation.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Todd Jorgenson
February 13, 2012
It's a visually arresting and original work that Tarr's small legion of fans will likely enjoy.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 10, 2012
A sumptuous masterpiece by one of the greatest moviemakers of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 9, 2012
Displays Mr. Tarr's uncompromising, atavistic commitment to darkness, difficulty and lapidary pictorial sublimity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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February 9, 2012
The Turin Horse is an absolute vision, masterly and enveloping in a way that less personal, more conventional movies are not. The film doesn't seduce; it commands.
Chris Cabin
February 9, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 9, 2012
If ... one has a need to cleanse their palate of even indie fare that seems familiar and cookie-cutter, this immersive, contemplative, black-and-white film may, in its way, be invigorating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 9, 2012
Astonishingly powerful on its own uncompromising terms.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 7, 2012
Alas, there's some risibly bad stuff here, too -- mainly contentwise -- that even Tarr's passionate fans will balk at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 7, 2012
Tarr, who is only 56, claims The Turin Horse as his last film, and it's hard to imagine a follow-up.
Emanuel Levy
February 7, 2012
Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr's final work, an historical tale that's both particular and universal, bears his unmistakable aesthetic signature.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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