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The Turin Horse Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
August 17, 2011
If Tarr merely wanted to express to the audience just how austere and unpleasant the lives of these farmers are, well, mission absolutely accomplished.
| Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
June 10, 2012
Rumoured to be his last picture, this reverently photographed monotony is closer to caricature than a final valedictory artwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
February 15, 2011
Monotonous and repetitive, the black-and-white production runs 146 very long minutes as the two go about their mind-numbing daily routines accompanied by a sonorous musical dirge that is as relentless as the ferocious winds outside.
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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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 23, 2012
This film seems to imply that non-existence is preferable to existence. Some people feel that way, but I wish they would keep it to themselves and not inflict this on others through this kind of media.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
May 31, 2012
A magnificent, towering achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 27, 2011
There's a quietude to its stillness, which Tarr likens to a kind of gift.
Mark Deming
TV 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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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2012
Through Tarr's meticulous vision, these ordinary hardships take on cosmic weight; this is tedium vividly rendered.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
The framing, lighting and composition are masterful, and the use of long takes from the omnipresent roving camera generates an extraordinary energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 27, 2011
Béla Tarr is the cinema's greatest crafter of total environments and in The Turin Horse, working in his most restricted physical setting since 1984's Almanac of Fall, he dials up one of his most vividly immersive milieus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
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.
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
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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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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 6, 2012
Tarr turns the particular universal; this family's subsistence reflects ordeals faced daily throughout the world, even today...
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
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