100

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
Only God Forgives will, understandably, have people running for the exits, and running for the hills. It is very violent, but Winding Refn's bizarre infernal creation, an entire created world of fear, really is gripping. Every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is one of the most shocking and one of the best movies of the year.
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The movie contains little in terms of traditional action, and Refn never uses it in a rousing or exciting manner, either. That would break the nightmarish spell this strange, beautiful film casts on the viewer. A mother’s love has never been this ruinous.
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75

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
Refn has consistently delivered films that have subverted our expectations, and has proven himself a master at stylistic self-reinvention, but this feels like the first time he’s gone back to any particular well.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
It takes the basic form of the revenge flick and dips it in tar, making for a movie that comes out sticky, nasty, and black.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Crushingly, the dependably perverse art-action director Nicolas Winding Refn has finally made a boring movie.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
Only God Forgives is a hypnotic fugue on themes of violence and retribution, drenched in corrosive reds.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
God may forgive you for seeing this needlessly brutal film. But you won't forgive yourself.
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30

Variety

By Peter Debruge
The wallpaper emotes more than Ryan Gosling does in Only God Forgives, an exercise in supreme style and minimal substance.
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30

Time

By Richard Corliss
The collision of violent spasms and art-film ennui leave the viewer’s brain bloody but unfilled.
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37 out of 100
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