Series 1: Season 1 Reviews

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
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 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
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.
April 3, 2017
All of the films in The Decalogue are easy and pleasurable to follow as stories, yet part of the excitement they generate stems from discussions about their meaning after their dramatic impact registers.
April 3, 2017
The quality of the writing and the acting is so high that an American viewer may ruefully conclude that even our most serious efforts in the movies are aimed at adults who have barely attained the moral age of twelve.
April 3, 2017
The stories are shocking, tender, sometimes funny, with a soap-opera abundance of plot. Always, the camera stares, respectfully neutral about ordinary people grappling with the ordinary mysteries of being human.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 3, 2017
Is this masterwork film or TV or some line-straddling combination? Answer: When it's this terrific, who really cares?
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 3, 2017
You marvel at the precision of its filmmaking even as it spreads an atmosphere of moral unease.
April 3, 2017
The tales in Dekalog conduct a mesmerizing dialogue with God and science, with free will and fate, with the many ways in which indifference or cruelty echo and repeat down the generations.