'The Forgiveness of Blood' Critic Reviews

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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Joshua Marston once again distinguishes himself as a filmmaker serious about understanding lives a world away from his own.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    The Albanian tradition of blood feuds partly inspired Mr. Marston to make this story, yet what gives it shape are the more familiar conventions of the classic art film, including narrative ambiguity, ellipses and silence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Phil Hoad Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    Joshua Marston hops on another subculture - Albanian blood feuds - and operates sensitively once again in the space between 21st-century ethnographer and enlightened genre director.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    88
    It's a thriller that feels like a documentary.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    "The Forgiveness of Blood'' works as a subtle but insistent metaphor for a modern generation trapped by the shibboleths of their elders.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ernest Hardy Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Marston demonstrated his ability to sustain almost unbearable dramatic tension in his debut feature film, Maria Full of Grace. His sophomore effort, The Forgiveness of Blood, illustrates an impressive deepening of that skill.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    There is so much to admire in Joshua Marston's "The Forgiveness of Blood" that it's easy to overlook the miracle at its center: Marston's artistic idealism.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    A work of fiction, based on present-day fact, that's quietly affecting and surprisingly dramatic, so long as you're willing to watch it unfold at its own deliberate pace.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The leads -- both non-actors -- hit sharp, natural notes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    [A] compelling film touching on the perils of being young-that's it, merely young-in a culture without justice.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    What seems missing is a good notion of how this Albanian society functions on a daily basis. Surely a family cannot live under house arrest forever?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It's intelligent, well-intentioned, and largely inert.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    A satisfying, psychologically complex tale of a teenager caught in a blood feud in the craggy countryside of Albania.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Tradition can be dangerous as well as dumb. "The Forgiveness of Blood" is about a modern kid in an old-world society. It's a terrible fit.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    The result is a film of great humanity that reveals Albania as a primitive region struggling to bridge the gap between medieval European customs and the tide of progress.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • V.A. Musetto New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A suspenseful work using nonprofessional actors and co-written with an Albanian filmmaker...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    A heartbreaking Albanian film that counts the toll a family feud takes on all involved.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    We don't see any blood, or much forgiveness either, but we do witness something far more resonant - a young generation caught between the rock of tradition and the hard place of modernity.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    More a story of whispers when cries are what's called for with lives, livelihoods and family honor on the line.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    84
    The fascinating pic is filled with eye-pleasing location shots.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com
    75
    It's a searing portrait of a dangerous generational divide that ruins lives, told with a gentle touch.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    Has an earthy whiff of authenticity. But it's seriously lacking in incident and dramatic drive. Admirable work by British cinematographer Rob Hardy, though.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • This is London
    80
    A slow but totally authentic-looking film with an excellent cast, not all of whom are professionals.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jennifer Tate ViewLondon
    40
    This dark and dismal Albanian drama has some admirable performances but ultimately, the film itself lacks any real spark and becomes a little self-pitying.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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