Critic Consensus: It strays from the source, but whatever it might lack in fidelity, Aleksandr Sokurov's lengthy, ambitious Faust more than makes up in fresh energy and ideas.
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Critic Reviews for Faust
Surviving 139 minutes of this barrage of profuse but elusive imagery and sound is something of an ordeal.
Sokurov's [Faust] has a distinctly human scale, yet he flattens the tale's meaning.
A grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece ...
Compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous.
The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind - and perhaps to blow it - long after it's over.
Audience Reviews for Faust
A medieval doctor who's bored with life sells his soul to a Moneylender in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman. A fairly surreal and occasionally confusing version of Goethe's classic, Aleksandr Sokurov's adaptation is rewarding, but not intended for literary novices.
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