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  • 80
    Jordan Mintzer The Hollywood Reporter

    Reteaming to play a duo similar to the one in A Prophet, Rahim and Arestrup maintain the film’s tense and sinister tone – the former providing a convincing mix of fragility and machismo, and the latter looking and acting more and more like Brando in the latter half of his career. show more

  • 63
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    It's occasionally too icily removed, but it compensates through its perpetual concern with understanding its characters and their untenable situations. show more

  • 100
    David Fear Time Out New York

    It’s a near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy as a master-and-servant psychodrama, one that leaves catastrophic collateral damage in its wake. show more

  • 90
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    This is a film as powerful as it is painful. show more

  • 80
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    Émilie Dequenne is the young actor who made a powerful debut in the Dardenne brothers' prize-winning film "Rosetta" in 1999, and what a superb performance she gives now in this inexpressibly painful drama. show more

  • 50
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    The movie fails, but it’s like watching R.P. McMurphy try to lift that huge marble fixture in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest—at least they tried, goddammit. show more

  • 42
    Drew Taylor The Playlist

    When the final moment comes and it's revealed how the children died, it's less of a surprise than a shrug. Drama robbed of suspense is just dull. show more

  • 90
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    This is a taut psychological study, based on a true story, of the complexities of personal power relationships that begins with the kind of shattering revelation that would be the conclusion of most films. show more

  • 90
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Much like the Dardennes, Mr. Joachim holds to the truth that the personal is political, which is why this isn’t simply a movie about a woman and an unspeakable crime, but also an exploration of the power and cruelty that brought her to that very dark place. show more

  • 90
    Peter Debruge Variety

    At this finely tooled tragedy’s core towers Emilie Dequenne, no longer the feral young thing seen in 1999′s “Rosetta,” but a trapped animal pushed to devastating extremes. show more

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