In a Better World Synopsis
Two boys set a course of retribution that yields tragic consequences.
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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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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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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...
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New York Daily News

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

By Peter Travers
An emotional powerhouse.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is swept up in earnest self-importance.
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By rweingard
Story line - acting - panorama - content - all superb! I will go and see this movie again and pass the word as much as I am able. No question, iit should be nominated and win BEST FOREIGN FILM of...

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By science_nerd
Wonderfully crafted film with so many touching moments. It's filled with spot-on portrayals of some of the many difficult decisions both adults and children face in life. You will be discussing...

Excellent Film!

By mhcdenver
A very suspensful, intense film that is all very touching. The characters and storyline are intertwined in many ways. A must see!...

Better World?

By wendyb829
This movie was so-so. I wouldnt see it a second time but nonetheless it held my interest. Dont expect any 'Wow' moments or surprise endings....

Great movie!!

By Filmmaker805
GREAT acting, story and directing!GO SEE THIS! It is intense but worth it...

All because of an absent mother

By Lumpierre
This film perpetuates the notion that everything that happens in life is because of a lack of mothering. All the troubles are reduced to the fact ultimately that a mother died of cancer and that...

Good movie

By ejwallace
I enjoyed this film. I thought the scenery was beautiful and the acting was great....

Solidly Entertaining...A Film with a Great Story...Imagine That!

By Alon Patterson
It's hard to review this movie in context to the usual commercial pabulum being churned from Hollywood these days. Suffice to say that if you're looking for some relief from superheroes and bad date...

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Rated R | For Violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language