The Turin Horse Reviews

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 30, 2015
Deeply pessimistic but cinematically radiant take on the futility of existence.
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
September 18, 2014
This great poem on the end of the world is truly a film for the ages. It can't really be described, but only lived.
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Mike D'Angelo
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2013
No movie could possibly live up to the monumental, forbidding grandeur of The Turin Horse's lengthy opening shot, but [Bela Tarr]... goes ahead and attempts the impossible, and comes frighteningly close to succeeding.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 29, 2012
"The Turin Horse" is an existential provocation to its audience, demanding that we consider the effect of man's judgments against nature and ultimately against ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 22, 2012
Though a heavy and somnolent watch and not for all tastes, it has redeeming value for being so full of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 28, 2012
"The Turin Horse" is a parable, which means it's both very simple and very weighty. It's not about event and emotion, but duration and endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kieron Corless
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
[Tarr's] most direct and overtly compassionate film.

Empire Magazine
June 7, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
June 3, 2012
The themes are death, compassion and endurance, but it isn't clear how specific the allegory is. At the end, however, you feel - like the wedding guest buttonholed by the Ancient Mariner - that you've had an experience.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
June 2, 2012
Don't miss this two-and-half hour allegorical meditation on death. No, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
MovieScope
June 1, 2012
So if The Turin Horse's bleak close also represents lights out for one of Europe's most extraordinary film artists, he exits the set with a truly sublime memento mori.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 1, 2012
Little happens and everything that does is open to interpretation but feels like a gruelling reflection on a world at the end of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 31, 2012
The movie exerts an eerie grip, with echoes of Bresson, Bergman and Dreyer, but is utterly distinctive: a vision of a world going inexorably into a final darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 31, 2012
Thrilling, beautiful and nearly heart-stopping...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 31, 2012
It feels like the creation story in reverse -- a terrible, unavoidable walk into the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
May 31, 2012
A magnificent, towering achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sam Wigley
Total Film
May 23, 2012
If you've got the stomach for it this is an intoxicating vision of life at the end of its tether.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Hannah McGill
The List
May 16, 2012
This film takes work, but its effect, once you've opened yourself to it, is profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 20, 2012
The good news is that a new Bela Tarr movie is here. The bad news is that Tarr, who is easily one of the greatest filmmakers alive today -- and perhaps of all time -- has announced that The Turin Horse will be his last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
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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