100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Enriched by allusions to biblical stories of fathers, sons, and sacrifices, subtly woven into the movie's moodily photographed fabric.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The Russian film The Return is a stunning contemporary fable about a divided family in the wilderness - a simple, riveting film that almost achieves greatness.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Can be interpreted politically or even biblically or not at all, as the elemental struggles between dominance and submission, impulse and action, man and nature, father and son, play out to their stunning conclusion.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
At once a powerful psychological thriller and a haunting allegory, The Return marks an auspicious feature debut for helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A film that asks its audience to invest serious thought, and in return, bestows serious pleasure.
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88

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Many questions remain purposely unanswered: Where was the father for 12 years? Why did he want to go away with the kids? What's in a box he finds hidden in the island? Yet, in a remarkable ending, the boys discover their feelings.
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Vladimir Garin and Ivan Dobronravov are amazingly natural as the boys, and Konstantin Lavronenko impresses as the taciturn father.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Filmed with a cold, poetic beauty, The Return slowly strips away motivation until it arrives at a place of myth both private and oddly universal.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A haunting, melancholy work.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
A tense, expertly acted Russian film clouded by its intentional ambiguity.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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