Only God Forgives 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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By Richard Corliss
The collision of violent spasms and art-film ennui leave the viewer’s brain bloody but unfilled.
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Waste of time and money

By movie_scenes
This has to be one of the worst films ever made. My thoughts are that Ryan Gosling (who is a terrific actor) must have owed a huge favor or was paid an obscene amount of money to star in a C rated...

art movie that keeps you in your seat the entire time

By lastchevron
This movie is a Refn movie. it uses colors and set pieces that are just as important as the characters. You really want to see how things end the second you start the movie. and with everyone talking...

Worthless piece of JUNK

By criterion123
It trys to be deep and artsy. Well, if you want to see people move at a snails pace and slice and dice at nearly every turn, go see it. Ryan Gosling is pathetic in this nothing of a movie. He's a...

Don't expect this to be like "Drive" but it's still good in a very different way

By easy_rider
I went into this film with high hopes expecting "Drive 2" but it wasn't and if you think about it, it isn't supposed to be. I'd say the trailer is a little misleading, too. Nevertheless, this is a...

A Career-Killing Movie

Ryan Gosling needs a new agent! If he picks another project this bad, he won't have any career left. I see virtually everything that comes out and this has to be one of the worst films I've...

Hypnotic. Moody. Atmospheric.

By NassaDane
These are good descriptions for this movie. Very different from what most people are used to and most probably wont get it. The Refn style wonderful coloring and lighting return in full force here...

It isn't for everyone

By BMan1314
Violent, crude and very sexual. It is a story that some will find repulsive. Two people walked out during my viewing. It might be a little over people's heads to understand the simple but symbolic...

crap! Dont waste your time or money!

By anthonyromero888
This movie was terrible, I no longer trust Ryan Gosling and will be more careful when deciding to see a movie he is in. This was easily one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The storyline sucks,...

Only God Forgives

By katie62
This might be the worst movie I have ever seen! I'm not sure why Ryan Gosling agreed to be in it. Very little dialogue. Dark. Vague plot....

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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 Envelope-pushing revenge drama is ultraviolent (and slow).
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