88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Anton has a sad, gentle detachment that allows him to turn the other cheek literally through a series of slaps.
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88

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
A most deserving Oscar winner and a film that could provoke discussion anywhere it is shown, anywhere people of any age are being bullied.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A fine example of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's (Brothers) talent for weaving together accessible domestic melodrama and issues of ethical awareness of the world beyond our doorstep.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
World is grounded, offering up a rare case of well-earned hopefulness.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The film about violence and retribution is a tough piece of work, subtle in some ways, obvious in others, viscerally affecting throughout.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
An emotional powerhouse.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Director Susanne Bier's chilly morality play is slow to get started, but once established, its three parallel stories comment provocatively on one another.
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65

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Bier appears to have a delicate touch with actors: In a Better World is loaded - perhaps overloaded - with nuance, and her performers never overdo a thing.
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65

NPR

By Bob Mondello
After a few queasy moments at its midpoint, the trajectory of In a Better World becomes so relentlessly platitudinous that an audience that ought to feel seriously rattled will be settling back, feeling comfortably reassured.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is swept up in earnest self-importance.
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65 out of 100
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