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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Unique and unforgettable. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie's shift into an implausible thriller magnifies its lack of character development. But Gosling gives an impassioned performance throughout. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What it's about is also what it requires for proper appreciation -- the ability of the human mind to hold, and even cherish, diametrically opposite thoughts. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It is a challenging film, if not always a narratively cohesive one. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Gosling's performance is a stunner, although the story-telling is otherwise pedestrian. It is the movie's blessing and curse that it does not shy away from Danny's murderous, inexplicable contradictions — or explain them. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Stunningly smart, genuinely disturbing film. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    One of the year's most thought-provoking, hard-hitting films, gutsily opening up a subject rarely done with this kind of all-out chutzpah. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film's anti-Semitism is articulate but wrong, and the conflict between what the hero says and what he believes (or does not want to believe) is at the very center of the story. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    An amazing and incendiary movie that dives straight into the rough waters of contradiction. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The artistry of the storytelling, the visual approach and Gosling's performance in The Believer make us believe that Danny's path was the only choice for him, a truly disturbing and fascinating revelation. show more

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