Series 1: Season 1 Reviews

August 17, 2019
Ten short films about morality
May 4, 2017
It is hard to say that anything on the small screen has surpassed Dekalog since it first aired in 1989.
April 11, 2017
Meditative [and] cumulatively powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2017
The movies show without having to tell. Legendary Polish director Kieslowski takes only a few words to render such complex ideas as God himself. At the same time, Decalogue's subtle depictions do not strip God, or his absolutes, of mystery.
April 11, 2017
Each generation's eventual embrace of The Decalogue will continue to reveal its timeless and steadfast nature as it carefully examines what it means to be a thinking, feeling human being living in this world.
April 11, 2017
Kieślowski once said that "If culture is capable of anything, then it is finding that which unites us all." With "Dekalog," he proved that culture is capable of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
April 11, 2017
As emotionally lacerating as these despairing, ambiguous pieces can be, they never so much as flirt with pretension, and that is partially a result of Kieslowski's absolute assurance as a director, his command of all the resources cinema has to offer.
April 5, 2017
Each of the 10 films is constructed carefully enough to be seen on its own. But together, they are a jigsaw puzzle of color, texture, emotion, and meaning.
April 4, 2017
In the Dekalog, Kieślowski strips his native being down to a universal visual language, and with the help of collaboration from his peers, unpacks the plethora of complexities hidden beneath and within all that is human in this ferocious masterpiece.
April 3, 2017
While Kieslowski ducks the responsibility to guide the viewer, he makes the ambiguity work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2017
It's a plausible candidate as the richest, most accomplished European film of the '80s.
April 3, 2017
The 10 films are not philosophical abstractions but personal stories that involve us immediately; I hardly stirred during some of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 3, 2017
Kieslowski has modernized the 10 Commandments with the kind of ponderous, haunting, funny, lucid vision that makes no claims to grandiosity, epic spectacle or May sweeps stunt-casting.
April 3, 2017
A masterwork of modern cinema, essential viewing for anyone who cares about the movies as a serious art form.
April 3, 2017
This is the product of a expert storyteller/filmmaker at the height of his craft, creating a masterwork the likes of which comes along only once in a great while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 3, 2017
An overwhelming psychological and spiritual epic for our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 3, 2017
There is no question that Dekalog is the summit of Kieslowski's achievements.
April 3, 2017
Some of the dramas raise issues of violence and sexuality that may disturb some viewers but remind us that the human failings addressed by the commandments challenge our consciences today as much as in Old Testament times.
April 3, 2017
The Decalogue finds Kieslowski and co-scenarist Krzysztof Piesiewicz turning a delicate cycle of intimate, funny, heartbreaking, and compassionate works into a symphony of human fallibility.
April 3, 2017
Powerfully evokes the last, dispirited days of Polish communism.