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Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
April 24, 2013
Despite a string of impressive performances, there's little spark to this Russian-language slow burner and as a result, it can be rather dull and effortful to watch at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 11, 2013
The initial strangeness wears off as the narrative rhythms become more predictable-enter past, return to present, repeat-and the clichéd existential metaphors pile up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 25, 2012
Takes a long, slow, and exceedingly bleak and morose look at the moral choices of three Belorussian soldiers during the German occupation of WWII.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Xan Brooks
Guardian
May 26, 2012
It turns out to be another of those infuriating Cannes near-misses: an iron-clad dreadnought of a picture, impressive in its way but lacking the flash and fire of Loznitsa's previous picture, My Joy.
Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine
June 13, 2013
Sergei Loznitsa occasionally writes his ideas too explicitly in the film's dialogue, though he makes up for this by deftly employing some ironic symbolism elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 14, 2013
Even when the pace wanes, the images are still gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Hannah McGill
Sight and Sound
June 8, 2016
The intellectual range is vast, and the images and performances stirring beyond the customary standard. In its thorough meditation on man's moral place, and its beautiful depiction of one version of life's trial, lies this film's joy.
Evrim Ersoy
Electric Sheep
April 25, 2013
In The Fog is one of the most impressive films of this year, a brutal tale told in the most languid language imaginable. Unmissable and a terrific step forward for Sergei Loznitsa.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2013
Director Sergei Loznitsa often employs dreamy, intricately choreographed long-takes reminiscent of Russian filmmakers Andrei Tarkovsky, Aleksei Guerman, and Aleksandr Sokurov.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
June 7, 2013
Hollywood action movies build up to a frenzied crescendo. Here, it's exactly the opposite. But you'll still end up holding your breath. In the fog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2013
Intimate in the telling, sweeping in the implications, Loznitsa has created an unusually incisive film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
May 25, 2012
A carefully-calebrated three-hander from Sergei Loznitsa, its slow, precise rhythms playing out to compelling effect.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 13, 2013
The world and its choices are often cruel, but for all the devastations visited on the characters, Mr. Loznitsa is searching for the human good amid a human catastrophe.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 26, 2013
Nothing is clear in a film that is as challenging as it is rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
May 25, 2012
Loznitsa knows that war exists and won't go away; rather than indulging in patriotic or pacifistic platitudes, he tries to show what it might do to our souls. And, in this writer's opinion, he succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 11, 2013
In the Fog has the inevitability of an avalanche, and only our overfamilarity with Nazi-tribulation scenarios, and perhaps its excessively punctuated ending, could slow it down.
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2012
A ponderous trudge at times, it is ultimately worth the journey.
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 25, 2013
Though he is more often a documentary maker, In the Fog marks a profound shift for Loznitsa: there is nothing ad hoc or casual here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Vadim Rizov
Little White Lies
April 25, 2013
In The Fog finds Loznitsa pinning down an assured narrative groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 28, 2013
Sergei Loznitsa's stark parable about Soviet collaboration with the Nazis has echoes of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
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