• Released
  • March 1, 2013
  • (IFC Center in NY followed by a national release)
  • NR , 1 hr 27 min
  • Documentary
Leviathan Synopsis
An experimental film detailing the difficult and often dangerous lives of commercial fishermen.

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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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The Hollywood Reporter

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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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Immersion into the Belly of the Beast

By james09PIT
As it plunges you viscerally into rough living waters, "Leviathan" creates an experience that feels somehow closely connected to the biblical sea beasts and great white whales its title connotes. ...

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Rated NR