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The Painted Bird Reviews

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December 30, 2020
It has something to say about redemption and how we bring society back from the abyss. As such, it's a powerful piece of work, a landmark in Czech cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 29, 2020
Perhaps the best film of 2020.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 13, 2020
Definitely not for the fainthearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 22, 2020
For all its overworked grotesqueries, it attempts an intriguing climb from the deepest pits of horror towards some kind of stoic grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2020
It's heavy watching and certainly difficult for some to stomach. But the film draws you in with its slow moving camera that paints the scenes in a hauntingly beautiful black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2020
The Painted Bird is undeniably impressive, artful and powerful.
October 7, 2020
The horror of the content aside, this is a stunningly beautiful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2020
Even with its aestheticising filter of black and white, The Painted Bird is a bleak marathon of torture porn that is exhausting to endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2020
Deals in visual poetry that compels attention even as it wallows in unkindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2020
The sequence of events is so relentlessly brutal as to become numbing, almost comical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2020
It's much easier, says The Painted Bird, to simply throw our hands in the air and declare humanity doomed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 11, 2020
the Boy must constantly adapt to survive, while also being altered & scarred by his experiences, so that his true identity remains Protean - an Everyman, or at least Everyboy, for the shifting borders & compromised allegiances of the Second World War
September 11, 2020
The Painted Bird is a brutal kind of ordeal, but eerie, unearthly and even beautiful sometimes: a bad dream that leaks into waking reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2020
With rare commitment, Marhoul sets himself to portraying such all-consuming human depravity, the only response is to crumple.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2020
While not exploitative and (mostly) not gratuitous, this is as tough as it gets - you bleed for this kid. Even if it gets a bit too much, you just can't look away. Thrilling filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2020
The Painted Bird is not an easy film to sit through. It also brings up the themes of good, evil, religion, politics, among a few others... It is a layered cinematic, but controversial and complicated film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 7, 2020
However relentless the misery becomes, The Painted Bird is also utterly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 3, 2020
This film is too much. That's certainly the point it's making, and it does so with skill, style and an absence of pity or humanity.
September 1, 2020
Filmed in black and white, the stark landscape scenes are masterpieces of minimalism that evoke feelings of isolation and loneliness; the closeups are compelling still portraits. The balance of narrative and image is in perfect tension
August 26, 2020
Thanks to a mesmerising performance from Kotlar, you are never less than gripped by his torturous frights of passage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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