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Reviews: The Revenant (2015)

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  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Gli occhi di Di Caprio alla fine sfondano la quarta parete e guardano dritto in camera: sono proprio quegli occhi che non dimenticano. Da non perdere.
  • Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The Revenant is by no means a bad movie, but it is an unnecessarily long movie, and one that I find hard to fully embrace. I think a better title would be Leonardo DiCaprio’s Naked Oscar Plea Number 8047.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Brutal, descarnada, estomagante, visceral, maravillosa en su puesta en escena, una anti-aventura colosal que removerá ánimos y recogerá premios a partes iguales. No es para todos, pero es una enorme pieza cinematográfica, sí señor. Intentad sobrevivir.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It runs a lumpy 156 minutes, and there’s a decent, 105-minute wilderness survival/neo-Western revenge tale in there, if you want to dig it out. But you’ll have to burrow past all the macho posturing, blood-coughing misery, and faux-Malick twinkliness to find it.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Si hubo un filme este pasado año que me sacudió el espíritu, lo fue la obra maestra del cineasta Alejandro González Iñárritu (Gravity, Birdman). El director/escritor te sitúa de manera espectacular en el medio de esta historia de perdida, supervivencia y más que nada, venganza. Desde un brutal ataque de oso, hasta flotar en un rio congelado, The Revenant logra hacerte sentir que uno está experimentando realmente estas cosas. Por más compleja que haya sido su producción, el filme terminó siendo un clásico moderno del séptimo arte. Uno que irá creciendo en valor con el tiempo. The Revenant es cruda, delirante y trascendental.
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: The Revenant is another sweeping accomplishment for Iñárritu and one of 2015’s best films. Just make sure you know what you’re in for.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Iñárritu famously went for realism here, putting his cast and crew through all kinds of misery, but the end result is simply spectacular, something like the gorgeous naturalism of Malick’s “The New World” crossed with “Jeremiah Johnson.”
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: The greatest irony and compliment that can be given is that The Revenant is a passion play where man’s evils and identities are constantly dwarfed by a the expansive infinity of a natural world, be it bears, avalanches, or the icy rush of doom that lingers from the title card frame.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: As this stunning survival flicks shows, Alejandro González Iñárritu is better with bears than with birds…
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie is such a grueling experience that it’s easy to feel a little betrayed by the contrived simplicity of its ultimate goal.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant’ is a grim, raw and unforgettable depiction of survival against the odds as Leonardo DiCaprio portrays a man who amazingly lives through a bear attack.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: An eerie, elemental, exhausting epic adventure, making ‘Deliverance’ look like a walk in the park.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The movie is primal. The Revenant isn’t just a film, it’s an experience.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Revenant left me utterly stunned…
  • Courtney Howard @ SassyMamaInLA.com
    • Excerpt: Iñárritu raises the bar with a spellbinding narrative full of gripping visual poetry and resonant emotion. Oh, and Leonard DiCaprio brawls with a bear.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: High-toned body horror that emotionally and tonally starts on one note and never deviates from it, which becomes rather exhaustingly dull.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Revenant proves Iñárritu has graduated into a grandmaster level of auteurs only a handful of directors achieve in our lifetime. He joins John Ford, Orson Welles, and Steven Spielberg amongst others able to mold art from the void in such a manner film audiences have never seen before.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
    • Excerpt: …exquisitely inflated pulp.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery
    • Excerpt: One of the most impressive cinematic achievements of 2015, even apart from the circumstances under which it was made.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student
    • Excerpt: The imagery truly is a stunning work of art; the cast does a fine job at humanising the often underwritten characters; and Iñárritu is an accomplished enough director to paper over the cracks visible in the scenario. But there is something seriously wrong with the way in which the depiction of grisliness is seemingly viewed as a means to an end here.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: …only in the extended sequences of Glass, alone amid the empty, unforgiving expanse of nature, is The Revenant able to achieve what it truly aspires to be: a contemplative exploration on the human will to survive.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: The Revenant is a grueling, demanding, frontier “Apocalypse Now.”
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: At times the expansive views of Canada—doubling for the Montana frontier Hugh Glass actually traveled two centuries ago—call to mind Terrence Malick’s elegies. DiCaprio’s fever dreams of disjointed flashbacks and disembodied voices assist this aesthetic comparison as spiritualism enters the story to help him endure the pain.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: High plains drifter.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Grisly, man.
  • Ben Nicholson @ CineVue
    • Excerpt: Though there’s an awful lot to be admired – not least an enormously impressive soundscape – The Revenant ultimately lacks the nerve-jangling thrills or the spiritual resonance that it strives for.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a fantastic performance. “The Revenant” is one of the best movies to watch at an IMAX Cinema!
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: The Revenant is a poor retelling of the fascinating true story of Hugh Glass, a completely un-faithful adaptation of its source novel (“based in part” on the novel The Revenant by Michael Punke, the opening credits read – and even that’s a stretch), and an inferior survival film next to Man in the Wilderness, which it resembles more than the Punke novel.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: While “The Revenant” does deliver a hard-hitting story of survival and revenge unlike few I’ve had the pleasure to see, it ultimately bungles its brilliance, forgetting that sometimes more is too much.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: The story of Hugh Glass is a testament to man’s capacity for endurance. For better or for worse, so is the movie.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Like someone whose natural beauty is only matched by its vanity and self-love.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The Revenant is a very “surface” movie, a revenge flick with no deeper purpose or meaning when all is said and done. I hope DiCaprio does get an Oscar one day, he deserves it. Just not for this role.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “The Revenant” works better as a survival adventure story than it does than a revenge fantasy.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: There’s much that’s impressive in ‘The Revenant,’ but it’s a film that’s far easier to admire than to love. Indeed, one takes leave of it commiserating more with the actors and crew who obviously endured much making it than with the characters whose story they’re telling.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Everything works in this splendid film! DiCaprio gives his best performance ever here.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Baron Munchausen meets Liver Eating Johnson in this silly but entertaining sage of survival and revenge.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: It is about as unadulterated and unglamorous as tales of vengeance come, a mud- and ice-encrusted epic about a wronged soul who seems to be animated solely by hatred.
Updated: February 25, 2016 — 9:52 pm
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