Thelma Reviews

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January 18, 2018
The scary moments are there, but they take patience. And then they take you by surprise.
December 7, 2017
"Thelma" treads the line between the psychological and supernatural, gracefully at first, and then with increasing abandon.
November 30, 2017
As a hushed, haunting portrait of a young woman reconciling daughterly duty and her own incipient power, "Thelma" feels like a stylish, timely allegory for the present moment.
November 30, 2017
It's chilly in Oslo, and in this movie; the better to sneak up on you quietly, like an unexpected shiver.
November 29, 2017
Trier has found a new way to depict and talk about these emotions and experiences that most human beings know and can never really get over. His way is cold, deadpan, extreme, and very Scandinavian, and it's effective.
November 22, 2017
"Thelma" is tense, thoughtful and beautifully composed ...
November 17, 2017
While the film doesn't entirely deliver on its start, the overall mood remains pricked by a similar sense of doom and shivering unease.
November 16, 2017
The ending is a little shy of perfection but Thelma remains a tantalizing gem.
November 13, 2017
"Thelma" exerts a grip of its own, not least when it presses against other genres, leaching details from both science fiction and horror.
November 11, 2017
The spell it casts transcends the silly plotting. It puts you in a zone all its own.
November 10, 2017
The dread in Thelma is not so easy to pin down, coming as it does almost totally through Trier's choice of visuals.
November 10, 2017
There's too much undeniably impressive filmmaking to dismiss Thelma; there's too much uncertain storytelling to actually recommend it.
Top Critic
November 9, 2017
Trier is a ingenious filmmaker, and he makes Thelma visually compelling even when the story lazily turns to the usual scare-flick tropes.
November 9, 2017
Mostly, and most satisfyingly, it plays with the female Gothic, those unnerving tales - churning with desires and dread, and quivering with anxiety and suspicion - in which women are at once the victims and agents of change.
November 9, 2017
With its gray skies, moody ambience and ominous orchestral score, "Thelma" fits the cliché about Scandinavian entertainment being dark as hell - in the best way. It's also gorgeous.
November 9, 2017
Thelma doesn't play with pig's blood and jump scares; its dreamlike dread is subtler and stranger, and much harder to shake.
November 8, 2017
Like an emo Carrie, it probes the profound underlying sadness beneath tales of possession. It makes vivid the protagonist's loneliness and despair.
November 3, 2017
Scandi-noir takes a supernatural turn in Joachim Trier's creepy, erotic thriller.
November 2, 2017
There is a scariness and sexiness to go with its cool understatements and opaque mysteries
October 19, 2017
[Thelma] links supernatural horror to repressed memories, raging hormones, and fundamentalist zealotry, crafting a sexy and unsettling brain-teaser.
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