Waiting for the Barbarians

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Based on the novel by J.M. Coetzee, a local magistrate (Johnny Depp) takes up a position at a remote outpost on the fringes of the kingdom. His distance from the heart of the government begins to take a toll on his psyche, ultimately pushing him to reassess his loyalty to his nation as a whole. Directed by Ciro Guerra, co-starring Robert Pattinson.


Critic Reviews for Waiting for the Barbarians

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (7)

  • Guerra has tweaked the novel's Beckettian coda, and the film's final shot provides a full stop that is, in 2019, appropriately apocalyptic. The barbarians are us, and the wait is over.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Harry Windsor

    Top Critic
  • The message is not wrong, but it certainly is a disappointing use of Guerra's talent.

    Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Ben Croll

    Top Critic
  • As a viewer, it requires hard work to feel something that goes deeper than common-sense pity when confronted with stock characters stuck in a generic predicament in a nonspecific time and place.

    Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Waiting for the Barbarians" steadily accrues a grave, violent anger over encroaching systems of oppression that proves infectiously troubling and enraging, as Guerra's filmmaking gets wiser to tacit details.

    Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Top Critic
  • The message is anything but subtle: Waiting for the Barbarians is a metaphor for fascism, and we are the eponymous brutes.

    Oct 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In Waiting for the Barbarians, the director reveals a keen understanding not just of colonialist mentalities and methodologies in subduing and terrorising people, but also in the dangers of idealism when it lacks self-awareness.

    Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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