• Released
  • February 8, 2012
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91

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
In keeping with Jóhann Jóhannsson's score - alternately ominous, triumphant, and elegiac - The Miners' Hymns plays on the broader emotions of the subject. The film is all about the mysterious world down below, how camaraderie turned to conflict, and the nagging feeling of loss.
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80

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
It speaks eloquently about the disappearance of most any indigenous working-class culture.
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Morrison sometimes slows down imagery to a hypnotic, frame-by-frame trance-like state; one can imagine townsfolk scrutinizing the faces of long-dead relatives magically raised.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
A study of the this former mining region in both its de-industralized present and its past state as an active coalfield, The Miners' Hymns arranges its two parts as a set of binary oppositions.
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70

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
An elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison, best known for his silent-film reverie "Decasia."
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Miners' is tiresome and scattershot.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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