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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Exorcist junkies should look elsewhere. Instead of spinning heads and projectile puke, Mungiu offers nuance and provocation. The result is quietly devastating. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie deals with themes of secular and religious love, of how they may intersect and diverge, that are suggestive of Bergman or Carl Theodor Dreyer. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's tempting to see Beyond the Hills solely as an indictment of religion, but the film is more ambitious than that. Ignorance and superstition aren't confined to the convent; people in town, including the cops, drop casual references to witchcraft as if it were part of everyday life. The broader subject is possession by primitive ideas. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Based on reports of a real 2005 incident, it is a film that asks its viewer to consider the nature of good and evil, love and trust - and trust that turns into something like blind faith. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The deliberate pace Mungiu employs in this incredible work is so engrossing and quietly heartbreaking that its philosophical ending may come as a shock. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Beyond the Hills is less fun than any film about lesbian nuns and their psychotic ex-lovers ought to be. But it is an engrossingly serious work, and confirms Mungiu as a maturing talent with more universal stories to tell than those defined by Romania’s recent political past. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Ultimately, the bleak universe conjured by Beyond the Hills is more compelling than what happens in it. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Beyond the Hills is an arthouse film from Romania, yet, in its slow, lurching progress toward a tragic exorcism, it is a stylistic nephew of America's "The Exorcist." show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Of all the movies culminating in a rite of exorcism, Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu's remarkable Beyond the Hills stands alone. show more

  • 88
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    What this means is that at times the pace of Beyond the Hills is nerve-wrackingly slow. But Mungiu has his own way of creating suspense, and he has a gift for making a known outcome as shocking as a twist. show more

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