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Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen Reviews

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
October 18, 2010
There are lengthy sections solely concerned with covering historical ground in which the platonic intimacy between the magistra and the pupil is completely forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Vision is didactic and a bit stilted-although to be fair, so are most mainstream biopics rehashing historical events more familiar than this one, which presents its subject as a rousing protofeminist.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 3, 2011
There was obviously much to this woman, yet somehow Visions feels curiously empty feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Adam Nayman
March 3, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
November 6, 2010
For the most part, Vision offers conventional wisdom -- just what Hildegard didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 18, 2010
It's hard to muster more than curious indifference to Margarethe von Trotta's "Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen."
Read More | Original Score: 2/4

National Post
March 3, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
October 20, 2010
Vision offers a wealth of information about twelfth-century life, both in and out of the Benedictine convent. What's missing is a sense of the woman behind the icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 4, 2010
Trotta ... makes a choice to view Hildegard's life in its externals and reveal few of the thoughts behind her sometimes forbidding facade. We never know what she's thinking. That's tantalizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 17, 2010
Vision is shot through with issues of power - personal, political, spiritual. Which makes it a terrifically resonant work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
October 16, 2010
Although its claims about Hildegard's modernity and relevancy should be taken with a grain of salt, one readily imagines Vision attracting a cross-section of the curious, not limited to feminist cinephiles and true believers.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 5, 2010
Hildegard is a fascinating character, and the movie's treatment of faith is complex and respectful.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
December 2, 2010
Vision takes a serious and mostly positive view of spirituality without uniformly endorsing the established Church, which is shown as a male-dominated political and business enterprise as much as a keeper of souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 18, 2011
(A) portrayal of an immortal spirit thriving in a unique vision.
| Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
December 5, 2010
A medieval pre-feminist nun who poked a few holes in the stained glass ceiling. Though there's little elbow room for nonbeliever audience comfort zones. And while Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Hildegard led the nuns out of a horny monastery.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 12, 2010
Vision is more immediate and immersive when dealing in the jealous attachments among sisters; when circumstance and politics tear Richardis from Hildegard, Sukowa's performance rears to towering heights of abjection.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 5, 2010
A soulful and spirit filled German film about the extraordinary 12th century abbess, writer, teacher, music composer, herbalist, prophet and visionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
October 13, 2010
At last, a movie on religion that doesn't play like a sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 21, 2010
...a must see film for both history and film buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 21, 2010
Writer/director/art director Margarethe von Trotta has made a film about a nun from the twelfth century that resonates today...a Renaissance woman in medieval times whose belief in her visions is tempered by her shrewdness in the political arena.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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