Of Gods and Men Synopsis
French monks trust in their faith to carry them through during the Algerian Civil War.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's an observation of crushing truth.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
I can't recall the last film that so wholly, honestly and movingly explained what it means to be a Christian.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
More than anything, Of Gods and Men is a drama of character, and warm humanity.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It is their shared strength as a band of brothers humble before their Christian God - and indeed before the God of Islam - that may stir...
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By Mark Jenkins
Although the monks don't seek death, Of Gods And Men can be seen as an ode to religiously motivated self-sacrifice. But Beauvois...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Like the best spiritual movies, of whatever faith, "Of Gods and Men" moves us toward a union with the infinite, and when we come to the...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Quiet, soulful and wrenching.
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The normally sly Wilson - who was once in the running to play James Bond - was directed by Beauvois to surrender ego. Wilson accomplishes...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is a beautiful film, full of gray-and white-haired men who grow in stature before our eyes.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
There are eight individual decisions to be made here, yet Beauvois never humanizes any of his monks. The film instead consumes itself with...
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Of Gods and Men

By PS Viewer
Even as an atheist, I love the depiction of the joy and sorrows of monastic life in this film. The acting a uniformly superb by all 8 men playing the monks. The cinematography was fabulous. A scene...

over rated by critics

By manjiriss
Looking at the critics review, I had high hopes for the movie.. First thing no where it is mentioned that movie is in French with English subtitles.. Inspirational story, but while watching the movie...

Of Gods and Men

By quasicritic
Compelling and provocative. Faith and commitment to the human race but so much more than...

a monk's life

By cinemese
'Of God's and Men' attempts to capture the deliberately slow yet highly focused life of a group of french monks in late 90s Algeria as their apparently simpatico coexistence with the Algerian village...

Exquisite and moving

By Iseeeverymovie
From the very fidgety audience in a savvy intellectual community, I realize that some understanding of monastic life will make this easier for some people to watch, nevertheless, this is an exquisite...

Of Gods and Men

By gprouty
A movie about faith, about life's choices and consequences, about living life for something far more than self, about sacrifice. An very moving intelligent film that leaves you thinking about the...

Of Gods and Men

By lmandma
This is an excellent film. It is superbly crafted; outstanding acting, gorgeous cinematography and excellent directing. Whatever your belief, this is an important movie that challenges us to think...

Beautiful movie

By ameribrit
This is a beautiful movie in so many ways. The acting, writing, pacing and story are its strongest suits, I believe. There is very little dialogue yet every scene is vivid in its storytelling. The...

Movie about the life of monks and the danger they faced in a civil war

By buffetfan1102
The movie does not have a lot of action. It is a story about monks living in a country facing civil war dangers. The movie spends considerable time showing the day to day life of the monks. There...

Of God & Men

By rhendy
The movie was excellent. It was quietly intense and compelling. The acting was incredible. The cinematography was absolutely beautiful....

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Rated PG-13 | For Some disturbing images, brief language and a momentary scene of startling wartime violence