A Prophet Synopsis
An Arab prisoner (Tahar Rahim) becomes a powerful crime kingpin.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

One caveat: At the risk of sounding sexist, let me say A Prophet is an unreservedly male film. Female characters are few and far between,...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If Malik doesn't remind you of Al Pacino's Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in "The Godfather" saga, well . . ....
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
Essential viewing for art-film buffs and crime-flick fans, but also for anyone who's looking for a great story, terrific acting and...
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
More than anything else, however, director Jacques Audiard's gritty, grab-you-by-the-shirtfront film is a mob movie -- a really, really...
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Wall Street Journal

Uncompromising in its style, story and characterizations.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The best performance in the film is by Arestrup as Cesar. You may remember him from Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" (2005), where...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's also no romanticizing on the part of the director, who proceeds with calm, unshowy attentiveness (even in the midst of scenes of...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A new crime classic.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
A Prophet pushes its protagonist into circumstances he did not choose but in which he watches and learns and kills and eventually becomes...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A compelling piece of naturalistic filmmaking, claustrophobic and thought-provoking.
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An Excitement & Realism Rarely Captured in Cinema

By dermycar
Director Jacques Audiard should be commended for depicting a visceral and intimate look inside a desperate attempt by a young boy to survive inside prison, while remarkably becoming a criminal...

When Bad Is Good

By fm10012
This movie is like "OZ" gone Hollywood. I love indies and this one is a 'must see'. It is gritty and realistic. I'm not a gangster but I kinda think the movie left me thinking that this is probably...

Five Word Review

By akdouglas
newbie prison hunk kicks ass...


By nuzman9
The subtitles are flashed in and out rather quickly, sometimes, but the suspense and storyline keep you glued to the screen. Don't miss it!!!...

Five Word Review

By granpanda
poignant raw unpredictable intricate unforgettable...

Best Movie I've Seen Since Hurt Locker

By finman66
I loved this movie. 2.5 hours long and riveting the whole time. Avoided mafia & prison cliches while telling a quintessential mafia/prison story....

the prophet

By fandecinema
Very long film. Good suspense. very violent as can be expected. good acting. I came out convinced that Guantanamo terrorist detention center is a pinic,compare to a french jail, and one more...

Five Word Review

By uehrman
plot photography acting lengthy violent...

"Just on the edge of the edge of greatness"

By moviefanatic798
What is really great about this movie, is the plot as a whole. An Arabian man who is sentenced to six years in prison soon is confronted by a Corsican gang who gives him several tasks to do, soon...

A Prophet

By czuccaro
In a word, this film was excellent. From the beginning it grabs onto you and does not let go. It is very well written story that is superbly acted by all the chracters involved. A true gem I would...

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Rated R | For violence, sexual content, nudity, language and drug material