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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Despite a too slow pace for my own tastes, Hauer helps move the film along by being captivating even in just a few scenes. He, Michael York as a businessman and Charlotte Rampling as the Virgin Mary provide what little dialogue exists in a screenplay that could have used a little more backstory. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    If ever a film cried out for the 3D treatment, it's The Mill & the Cross, an ambitious but frustratingly flat attempt to explore, analyze and dramatize a masterpiece of 16th-century art. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is a film of great beauty and attention, and watching it is a form of meditation. Sometimes films take a great stride outside the narrow space of narrative tradition and present us with things to think about. Here mostly what I thought was, why must man sometimes be so cruel? show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The Mill and the Cross captures the wish that some of us have had while standing in front of a great painting. What hangs before us is so striking, beautiful, strange, vast, horrifying, ethereal, lifelike - so alive - that we're desperate to enter the other side of the canvas, to be inside the painting. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    An art-history lesson and a spiritual exercise disguised as a movie. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    No description can do justice to The Mill and the Cross, which must be seen to be fully appreciated. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    Majewski's film is a captivating exercise that will interest fans of art, not to mention arthouse cinema. But the movie's lasting impression is about more than novelty. It's a portrait of suffering and subjugation that urges viewers to stop what they're doing and take notice of the world around them. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    Every bit as visceral an experience as Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and with a lead actor whose face radiates the same eternal quality as that of the late Klaus Kinski, The Mill and The Cross also feels a lot like live theater. show more

  • 63
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Mill and the Cross may thrill you. But be prepared for a fight. Twenty minutes in, your companion may throw up his or her arms and complain, "This is like watching a painting dry." They wouldn't be wrong. show more

  • 100
    Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine

    An investigation into Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting "The Way to Calvary," Majewski's film is a stunning piece of art in its own right. show more

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