• Released
  • March 1, 2013
  • (IFC Center in NY followed by a national release)
  • NR , 1 hr 27 min
  • Documentary
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Slant Magazine

By Calum Marsh
Leviathan is a titanic achievement, a visceral overload whose impact registers immediately and with great force.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

A highly original film of uncompromising, other-worldly beauty. Leviathan demands to be seen, even if it means you never eat seafood again.
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100

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
It’s really a radical experiment in non-fiction cinema – not seeking to enlighten or inform, but to disorientate us, practically to drown us, in a nightmare vision of the ocean’s power.
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100

Slant Magazine

Leviathan is a titanic achievement, a visceral overload whose impact registers immediately and with great force.
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100

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Plunging viewers into the thick of chaos, Leviathan explodes the antiquated paradigm of the documentary or ethnographic film, whose mission has traditionally been to educate or elucidate, to create something that seizes us, never letting us forget just how disordered the world is. This may be the greatest lesson any nonfiction film can teach us.
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91

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
The experience of Leviathan is wholly singular, without context, enveloping and immersive. In some ways, it might very well be the most terrifying picture of the year.
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91

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Anyone who enjoys overpowering cinematic sensation and watching people do a job will be predisposed to like Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s avant-garde documentary about life aboard a commercial fishing vessel. Leviathan is an immersive experience, plunging viewers into darkness and chaos, amid a rush of vivid color and rapid movement.
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80

Variety

Picture's title comes from the sea creature mentioned in the book of Job, which is briefly quoted at the film's opening. Cast list cheekily includes not only the names of the men aboard the vessel where the documentary was filmed, but also the Latin names of the species caught.
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80

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Leviathan, a product of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard, offers not information but immersion: 90 minutes of wind, water, grinding machinery and piscine agony.
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Though it's a decidedly arty piece, Leviathan, named after the biblical sea creature, also lacks much in the way of traditional beauty or splendor. However, the immersive shots of those swooping and circling sea gulls are quite something.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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