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Border (Gräns) Reviews

February 28, 2020
I found this compelling as I watched it, though I don't feel I gained much from the experience.
March 9, 2019
Like a mating between the mind of David Cronenberg and something that crawled out of a compost heap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2019
The film huddles closely around a personality whose courage and determination invite great empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 8, 2019
There are bits of everything in here: gender studies, fairytales, myth and sci-fi. It's profoundly preposterous, but delivered at all times with a deliciously straight face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2019
The strangeness in this film writhes like bacteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2019
Here is a story that upturns all the usual questions, never mind the traditional or notional answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 6, 2019
Beneath her layers of make-up and prosthetics, [Eva] Melander gives a fine and moving performance as the customs officer with the unlikely powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2019
Excellent modern fairy tale of identity and otherness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2019
Telling an age-old story in a singularly original way, Border is a compelling, sometimes excruciating fairy tale for our times...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 1, 2019
Writer-director Ali Abbasi has crafted something eerie and rather wonderful with this pungent allegory of outsiderdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 3, 2019
Maybe best to think of it as a chilly Scandinavian bedtime tale, the type to unsettle bothersome children and leave them identifying with the ogre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2018
"Border" brings to horror-fantasy the same Swedish sensibility that "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" brought to crime thrillers. Welcome to the land of eternal night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 25, 2018
Don't read another word about it: just go.
November 23, 2018
It... gnaws at the brain for its subliminal messages about how we treat the people in our midst who don't fit whatever definition of "normal" we're carrying around with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2018
Director and co-writer Ali Abbasi's film is a murky, unsettling watch - but however unsettling, it remains gripping and affecting, its viscerality covering for its occasional elisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2018
Border is less invested in glib symbolism or political commentary than in the specific, felt experience of being adrift between social boundaries and categories.
October 29, 2018
Border is so dark, bizarre, and yet sentimental that its very existence feels like a miracle.
October 29, 2018
The film's slow reveal of its fantastical elements, which evoke the erratic, dreamlike strangeness of folk tales, makes them all the more unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2018
Even the most open-minded viewers may have difficulty relating to the two lead protagonists in Border, a cynical Swedish romantic-fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 26, 2018
John Ajvide Lindqvist's new film is a dark, twisted fairy tale that is worth watching so long as you know that it's no Disney fable-and it is definitely not for children.
October 25, 2018
"Border" may not be everyone's idea of a fun night out, but it takes you to places you won't forget, and that's nothing to sniff at.
Top Critic
October 25, 2018
One of the biggest risks Border takes is in the deliberateness with with it slow-walks Tina's journey to self-realization.
October 25, 2018
The refreshingly offbeat, sturdily handled "Border" is not just unlikely to resemble any of its subtitled competition but also anything else you'll see this year.
October 25, 2018
In Tina, she has crafted a central character that's easy to appreciate, and often fascinating, but hard to like, and equally often deliberately off-putting. Which is also a fair description of Border.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2018
As cold as possible is a good way to see it. This is a movie that aims to startle in overt and subtextual ways; the less known before viewing, the better.
October 25, 2018
Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes Border.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 24, 2018
While the film does take some twists and turns - some fairly contrived - it mostly drills down and explores her emotional conundrum without drawing symbolic conclusions about the world we live in.
October 23, 2018
It's creepy and disturbing and freaky, with enough room to find whatever subtext you're looking for.
September 16, 2018
This supernatural romantic thriller constantly shifts genres, but its slow burn approach keeps things intriguing. Abbasi establishes and maintains an unusual, internal logic that will satisfy viewers who go along with every strange twist.
May 18, 2018
Gräns hits its peak in the scenes between Melander and Milonoff. Off-the-charts chemistry between them offers thrills, chills and the real romance of another person helping you to let rip.
May 11, 2018
An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.
May 10, 2018
[It] builds out such an unusual premise that it risks devolving into quirky inanity, but Abbasi grounds the narrative in an emotional foundation even as it flies off the rails.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 10, 2018
Border succeeds as gripping drama, mostly on the strength of its two lead performances, both doing sterling work under heavy silicon masks that required four hours of make-up to apply.