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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The nonprofessional cast is convincing, especially Lacej, whose Rudina registers more strongly than Nik. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Quietly affecting and surprisingly dramatic, so long as you're willing to watch it unfold at its own deliberate pace. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    While The Forgiveness of Blood lacks the narrative momentum of director Joshua Marston's previous film, "Maria Full of Grace" - it is nonetheless fascinating. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There is so much to admire in Joshua Marston's The Forgiveness of Blood that it's easy to overlook the miracle at its center: Marston's artistic idealism. show more

  • 75
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Richly photographed by Rob Hardy (who gave Red Riding: 1974 its almost surreal bleakness), this meticulously researched story (Marston spent a month interviewing families trapped in these vendettas) reveals a culture dominated by male pride and patriarchal selfishness. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    It's the kind of movie that makes the world feel like a smaller place, suggesting that the similarities connecting us across continents and cultures are more resonant than the things that divide us. show more

  • 88
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    It's a thriller that feels like a documentary. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A suspenseful work using nonprofessional actors and co-written with an Albanian filmmaker, shows Marston is no one-hit wonder. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Marston's a miniaturist even when The Forgiveness of Blood calls out for larger gestures, and you occasionally sense a more bruising, compelling movie lurking behind this one. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    There's much to observe – for example, the thoroughly credible performances of the cast, most of them non-professionals. show more

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