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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    An emotional powerhouse. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The film about violence and retribution is a tough piece of work, subtle in some ways, obvious in others, viscerally affecting throughout. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    World is grounded, offering up a rare case of well-earned hopefulness. show more

  • 65
    Bob Mondello NPR

    After a few queasy moments at its midpoint, the trajectory of In a Better World becomes so relentlessly platitudinous that an audience that ought to feel seriously rattled will be settling back, feeling comfortably reassured. show more

  • 65
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Bier appears to have a delicate touch with actors: In a Better World is loaded - perhaps overloaded - with nuance, and her performers never overdo a thing. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Anton has a sad, gentle detachment that allows him to turn the other cheek literally through a series of slaps. show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    A most deserving Oscar winner and a film that could provoke discussion anywhere it is shown, anywhere people of any age are being bullied. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Director Susanne Bier's chilly morality play is slow to get started, but once established, its three parallel stories comment provocatively on one another. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    This meditation on violence explores the toxic knock-on effect of powerlessness and overcompensation, delivering a potent essay on the roots of society's most primal evils. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Give director Susanne Bier full marks: Her encasing parable is brand new and immediately provocative. show more

  • April 19, 2011 ksharlan
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    great movie

  • April 08, 2011 thevisitor967
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    One of the best films of the year. Everything is top notch: the acting, writing and directing. It\'s a film about revenge, and how far we should go when someone takes advantage of us. This film definitely deserved the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Highly recommended.

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