100

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The storytelling in Incendies strikes me as primal the way Greek tragedy is primal. Shattering. Cathartic. It is a breathtaking film.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Incendies is no mere riff on a Greek mainstay. It is its own entity, delicate and fierce. Already I've risked making it sound like homework. It's not; it's an enthralling drama of survival.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Denis Villeneuve's screen adaptation of a play by the Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad tells a story-masterfully-of courage, cruelty, family mysteries and a chain of anger that can only be broken by love.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is a bumpy road of twists that leads to a revelation that has the shock and force of Greek tragedy.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
Although the film runs more than two hours, the story is so compelling and the production so beautifully controlled that we are gripped by the characters' quest right up to the shocking end of the story.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A mystery, a melodrama, a prison film, and a love story, Incendies is foremost a scream of rage at a society destroyed by religion and by men.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Filled with striking images and the ghosts of lives lived in hardship and war, Incendies is tough but impactful.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Skillfully made and offering moments of great power, the French Canadian drama Incendies nevertheless overplays its hand, piling tragedy on tragedy until we feel browbeaten with misery.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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