The Turin Horse Reviews

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.
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.
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.
May 31, 2012
It feels like the creation story in reverse -- a terrible, unavoidable walk into the dark.
May 31, 2012
A magnificent, towering achievement.
April 6, 2012
Through Tarr's meticulous vision, these ordinary hardships take on cosmic weight; this is tedium vividly rendered.
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.
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.
February 10, 2012
A sumptuous masterpiece by one of the greatest moviemakers of all time.
February 9, 2012
Displays Mr. Tarr's uncompromising, atavistic commitment to darkness, difficulty and lapidary pictorial sublimity.
Top Critic
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.
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.
February 9, 2012
Astonishingly powerful on its own uncompromising terms.
February 7, 2012
Alas, there's some risibly bad stuff here, too -- mainly contentwise -- that even Tarr's passionate fans will balk at.
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.
February 6, 2012
Tarr turns the particular universal; this family's subsistence reflects ordeals faced daily throughout the world, even today...
February 3, 2012
Watching them is something like visiting the world's most fantastic art museum and taking an ice-cold shower, both at the same time.
February 15, 2011
The answers are a mystery, but no detail, however mundane, is accidental in Tarr's meticulously constructed allegory.
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.