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The Forgiveness of Blood

Not Rated In Theaters 02/24/2012 , 109min.
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78%
Viewer score based on 18 ratings
73%
Critic score based on 23 reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
The film wisely avoids giving its material a large-scale epic quality it can't sustain, but it also results in a project that lacks the complexity to register as more than a handsome little sketch. Full Review
David Edelstein
New York Magazine (Vulture)
[A] compelling film touching on the perils of being young - that's it, merely young - in a culture without justice. Full Review
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. Full Review
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
Marston nails the claustrophobia of small-town life and the turbulent emotionalism of teenagers, but what pushes the film toward sublimity is the way he delicately captures all of the characters' inner lives as their world slowly crumbles. Full Review
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. Full Review

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