• Released
  • July 12, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 50 min
  • Drama
  • 68 Fan Ratings
100

The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
Mikkelsen, who is not given to sympathetic roles, has never been better. This is cinema that sinks its claws into your back.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An outstanding lead performance by Mads Mikkelsen (who won best actor for the role at Cannes in 2012) anchors this hauntingly layered and nuanced drama of a man falsely accused of a terrible deed.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
Propelled by Mads Mikkelsen’s shattering performance as the blameless man whose life threatens to be destroyed, the film is superbly acted by a cast that never strikes a false note or softens the impact with consolatory sentiment.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is filmmaking of a high order, even though the production's scale is modest and the climax is not without its facile contrivances.
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88

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s a pretty conventional “Lifetime Original Movie” sort of story. But co-writer/director Thomas Vinterberg (“Dear Wendy”) makes it work by building a sense of frustrating unease into it all.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
Vinterberg has created a modern horror story about a man’s descent into a Kafkaesque nightmare.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration”) directs with restraint that makes the story all the more affecting.
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The director makes clear that everyone means well — the headmistress, protective of her students; the parents, trying to shield children from things they shouldn't know about just yet; the investigators asking questions carefully, trying to see their way through ambiguous answers.
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80

Empire

By David Hughes
Beautifully performed and tough as nails, Vinterberg's social drama could not be any more timely.
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70

Variety

By Boyd van Hoeij
Mikkelsen impresses here as a warm-hearted man who finds himself caught up in a situation way beyond his control.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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