• Released
  • February 8, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 48 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
  • 42 Fan Ratings
100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It’s a remarkable accomplishment.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

Lore belongs in the inspiration-and-control camp. It makes dizzying flourishes out of moments that would pass as filler in other films.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
I’m not sure Lore holds up to repeated viewings — Shortland’s style is so feverish it could quickly turn precious — but it demands to be seen at least once.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
By the end of their arduous journey, Lore and her siblings are changed. But it's the kind of change that will take years, perhaps generations, to understand, to heal.
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85

NPR

By Ella Taylor
The climax Shortland offers us is much harder to take than Seiffert's gentler vision, yet far more evocative of the bitter price paid by the children of the Third Reich for the sins of their parents.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This striking, slow-building drama from Cate Shortland uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape.
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Lore is the sort of movie you’d already expect to rip your heart out, but that doesn’t diminish the tragedy when it does arrive.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Rosendahl brings a wonderful innocence and burgeoning sexual awakening to the role, while still evincing inner strength and complexity. In her unconscious attempts to regain her soul, Lore pays the ultimate price as she discovers the stink of who she and her family and her country had become.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The pace is deliberate, verging on slow — Australian filmmakers aren't keen on short takes or quick cuts — but the content is constantly surprising.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Australian director Cate Shortland’s straightforward approach to the blinders worn by Hitler Youth creates a disconcerting and eerie film, made even more memorable since it’s seen through the prism of childhood’s end.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.