Thelma Reviews

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February 4, 2020
Thelma's story plays out beautifully, even through the pain and sorrow.
December 6, 2019
An intense treatise on loneliness, repression, and control.
October 9, 2019
Thelma is the kind of brooding, emotionally-charged movie that demands your full attention at all times.
September 26, 2019
Thelma is a wonderfully composed work, one that involves you at a pace of its own.
May 28, 2019
Anchored by Harboe's deft performance, one that channels both a teenager's aloofness and frustrations while managing to find the maturity to reckon with her new reality, the film is at turns tense and menacing.
May 4, 2019
At once a haunting drama, a delicate love story, and a supernatural horror film, Thelma is a captivating picture that burns slow and leaves a lasting mark when pressed.
February 26, 2019
A beautiful and grim portrayal of growth and maturity under the shadow of horror. [Full review in Spanish].
January 17, 2019
[A] brilliant meditation on one young woman's discovery of the wants she has stifled for so long.
January 16, 2019
Trier (and his co-writer Eskil Vogt) thoroughly and skillfully align supernatural powers with queer discovery (particularly that of a young woman) in unexpected ways and do so without ruining the film with male-gaze shots.
January 5, 2019
Both a psychological thriller and a supernatural horror, at first glance much in "Thelma" sounds familiar - a teenage girl, extreme religiosity, sex, inexplicably smashing windows, a snake - but they never feel like tropes.
December 4, 2018
Joachim Trier's supernatural drama is a moving allegorical tale, that feels more human than its genre-tinged narrative might suggest.
December 4, 2018
This odd, disturbing film is visceral but ultimately unsatisfying.
November 10, 2018
Horror allows Thelma to work with the history queer people have been dealt; the genre never requests an apology for yesterday's transgressions, but it might seek reparations by giving the viewer a few spooks.
October 31, 2018
Thelma's central love story doles out plenty of instances of relief.
October 30, 2018
Thelma is a film that is truly haunting, just not in the way that most people would expect.
October 10, 2018
The whole is a fantastic metaphor for this evolution of self.
September 19, 2018
The film is, on the surface, a story of self-discovery with supernatural tints that mixes its facets with great intelligence. [Full review in Spanish]
August 28, 2018
Aside from the slightly draggy final act and the problematic gender politics, Thelma has a lot going for it.
August 25, 2018
Thelma is visually and sonically impressive, with images that linger in the mind long after the film has ended, but a superfluous narrative detour strips the film of any uniqueness.
August 25, 2018
In Thelma, Trier transforms the environment of Thelma's college campus into an almost mystical battleground between faith and modernity.
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