• Released
  • July 19, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 30 min
  • Drama
  • 204 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Ryan Gosling and the director of DRIVE, Nicolas Winding Refn, are back with this visionary Bangkok-set thriller. Julien (Gosling) is a drug kingpin tasked with avenging his brother's death, but a mysterious, unhinged policeman is following his every move.

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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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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Rated R | For Strong bloody violence including grisly images, sexual content and language.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Envelope-pushing revenge drama is ultraviolent (and slow).
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