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In a Better World

Rated R for violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language.

R In Theaters 04/1/2011 , 113min.
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Critic score based on 29 reviews

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April 19, 2011
great movie
April 08, 2011
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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However didactic the film's final scenes, there's no denying the sheer dramatic intensity Bier achieves. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Everything about In a Better World feels just a little too easy: a better movie might have let in more of the messiness of the world as it is. This one falls into cheap manipulation, winding up the audience with foreboding music and the spectacle of blond children in peril. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
It's oddly emotionally detached, easier to admire than to become involved in. Full Review

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