An existential nightmare of grief, guilt and penance, with Guillermo Nieto's sublime photography of the frozen, otherworldly landscape a correlative to Santiago's suspended state.
Robert Koehler, Variety
An emotionally stunning journey of a father's return to his senses after a horrible accident.
Maria M. Delgado, Sight and Sound
Not everyone will find Trapero's uncompromising storytelling and quiet camerawork to their liking, but once more with Born and Bred he demonstrates a masterful ability to unite the physical and the metaphorical, the social and the sensual.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
We search for something redeeming, which we finally receive but far too late.
Derek Malcolm, This is London
The film is so beautifully shot and controlled that Patagonia becomes as much a character in the film as the middle-class Santiago and his working-class friends.
Anthony Quinn, Independent
Like the brutal climate it portrays, the film isn't easy to love, and Pfening makes a less sympathetic soul in torment than Trapero perhaps intends.
Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
Argentinian director Pablo Trapero's Born and Bred is a quiet but resonant mood piece.
Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
Scenery apart, the film is penitence at 24 frames per second.
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
Trapero creates a cinematic eco-system that moment by moment, scene by subtle scene, completely enfolds you.
Jon Fortgang, Film4
The landscape speaks louder than words in this atmospheric journey through emotional extremes.
David Mattin, BBC
A searing, wonderfully shot, and artfully understated examination of guilt and grief.
Tom Dawson, Total Film
Impressively acted and compassionately observed, it hovers intriguingly between reality and dream-state.
David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
Director Pablo Trapero seals his enviable reputation with this exceptional study of isolation and grief.
Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
Just as the constantly falling snow leaches the colour from the backdrop, so the emotion bleeds out of the film.
Martha Fischer, Cinematical
An Argentine film packed full of pain and suffering that nevertheless fails utterly to connect with its audience.