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Based on 39 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Where "Drive" shrewdly mystifies, Only God Forgives stupefies. You can see its gears grinding. But I'll always hang on for a rare talent like Refn. Even when he stumbles, he leaves you eager to see what he's up to next. show more

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    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Ugly, gore-strewn and, ultimately, ridiculous. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    God may forgive you for seeing this needlessly brutal film. But you won't forgive yourself. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Only God Forgives would seem to be a parody of something or other — "Blue Velvet"? "Last Year At Marienbad"? — except that the film takes itself seriously to the point of suffocation in telling its lurid tale of slaughter and revenge. show more

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    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Whether one thinks Only God Forgives is laughably awful — like, for instance, “Showgirls,” “The Color of Night” or “Battlefield: Earth” — or just plain terrible awful depends, appropriately, on how much you’re willing to forgive it. show more

  • 60
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Only God Forgives is a hypnotic fugue on themes of violence and retribution, drenched in corrosive reds. show more

  • 50
    Jordan Hoffman

    There’s no way to overstate the gorgeous look of this film, but the mannered dialogue and deliberateness of pace becomes less of an homage to Asian revenge films than a parody. show more

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    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    This is one of the most shocking and one of the best movies of the year. show more

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    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie contains little in terms of traditional action, and Refn never uses it in a rousing or exciting manner, either. That would break the nightmarish spell this strange, beautiful film casts on the viewer. A mother’s love has never been this ruinous. show more

  • 75
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    It takes the basic form of the revenge flick and dips it in tar, making for a movie that comes out sticky, nasty, and black. show more

  • November 02, 2013 rh00000000139214
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    Not worthy of a long review. Put simply, this film is garbage.

  • October 22, 2013 xr00000000168773
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    Literally the worst movie I\'ve watched in a VERY long time. I won\'t give it any stars. I watched until the end only because I was waiting for it to get better. I am still waiting. 89 minutes of my life I will never get back.

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  • July 22, 2013 acpariser
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    I didn\'t get it. Ultra violence, almost no dialogue, and no real story. I can \'t understand why Ryan would do it. If you have a weak stomach your eyes will be closed for mostg of the action. For the reatr of the time you could nap and not miss a thing

  • July 21, 2013 xj00000000128996
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    I agree with dhull. Although Kristen Scott Thomas was excellent, as she always is, I wanted there to be something more and it never came. The ambiguous ending made it even worse. I will say that the look & feel of the movie was interesting, but way too much red tint..I wonder what that symbolized.

  • July 20, 2013 dhull10641
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    I just saw this movie today and it is one of the worse movies I ever sat all the way through. I kept thinking it had to get better but only got worse. Kristen Scott Thomas was the only performance worth watching. The movie is like watching a bad comic book come to screen. Very little dialogue and almost robotic emotional responses from the actors. Very colorful and interesting backgrounds but almost no story and almost no acting. Beautiful but boring!

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