Ida Synopsis
A novice nun is about to take vows when she learns from her only relative that she is Jewish.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Frame by frame, Ida looks resplendently bleak, its stunning monochromes combining with the inevitable gloomy Polish weather and...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, a compact masterpiece set in Poland in the early 1960s, gets to the heart of its matter with startling swiftness.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Favouring long takes over didactic scripting, Pawlikowski lets his powerful imagery carry the film.
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Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, Ida would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country.
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
There is an implicit argument here between faith and materialism, one that is resolved with wit, conviction and generosity of spirit. Mr....
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Ida reaches spiritual depth through affecting performances rendered in sublime black-and-white compositions.
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Village Voice

Ida unfolds partly as chamber play and partly as road movie, following the two women on a search for their dead beloveds' anonymous graves.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
With her brassy, determined aunt, Ida sets off to find answers and discovers life beyond the convent walls in this leisurely but satisfying...
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By Peter Debruge
It’s one thing to set up a striking black-and-white composition and quite another to draw people into it, and dialing things back as much...
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Incredible, a perfect little Gem!

By mileroa


By ed dibble
Great movie. Characters are very intense. Somber and thoughtful...

Not Just Another Story About Those Who Protected The Jews

By txpurplerose34
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie; I especially appreciated the manner in which the subtitles were presented because they did not obscure the essence of the story. Characterization is excellent, and...


By valentir
Unusual motion picture. Acting excellent. Thought it should have been edited more. Depressing....

Visual treat for Art house movie lovers.

By murugeshkeee
Story - 6/10; Screenplay - 6.5/10; Direction - 7/10, Acting - 6.5/10, Sound and Music - 8/10 ; Cinematography and lighting - 10/10;...

Each shot a gem

By ohiowa3
Every frame was stunningly conceived. I was in awe of this film, every second of it....


By trent114
A powerful movie. Loved it....

Poetry in more dimensions

By everyweek60706
I hesitated to see this because it sounded all about religion. How could it not be? The story involves a novice nun discovering her Jewish roots in post-war Poland. Yet it's so much more. You...

Where's the joy?

By peroladaluz
With all due respect to the efforts made, we need to see some color and joy especially if it's going to be a Polish film or a movie about a life of religious service......

Human spirit

By turtleturtlewiwi
This is a thought provoking movie, people who don't want to think during a movie should not go, it is slow at points but it needs to be at certain points...

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Rated NR | For Smoking, Thematic Elements and Some Sexuality