Ida (2014)

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 23, 2014
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Empathetically written, splendidly acted, and beautifully photographed, Ida finds director Pawel Pawlikowski revisiting his roots to powerful effect.

A.A. Dowd
AV Club

Nestled within its sins-of-the-elders narrative is a faintly charming cross-generational bonding picture, pairing a worldly cynic with a young girl taking her last gasp of secular air before giving her life to the Lord.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

In the end, Ida has to confront where she's come from, decide who she is and who she wants to be. Then again, don't we all?

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Dan Jardine

The film's moral complexity is laudable

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

With her brassy, determined aunt, Ida sets off to find answers and discovers life beyond the convent walls in this leisurely but satisfying journey.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

As the heroine who bounces back from one potential catastrophe after another, Trzebuchowska always suggests resilience. She's got a lot on her mind, but we know she'll survive.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Ida begins as a search for closure and becomes an incredibly engrossing and devastating examination of the pedestrian nature of evil in wartime.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Consider "Ida" the first offering in a summer celebrating Polish cinema and the latest masterpiece in a powerful tradition.

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Mark Matousek
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A film with meat and bones sorely lacking in heart.

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Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today

Trzebuchowska is certainly the film's other great asset: all the performances are great, but she is not even an actress, having been spotted by a producer in a cafe and hired almost on the spot. You'd never believe it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
The Christian and Jewish belief systems are two very different ideals, and watching a woman raised as a nun, realizing she has a Jewish aunt was fascinating to… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A young orphan, literally at the door to her future, is told to go investigate her past and indeed why she is an orphan. Her only living relative, a worldly and… More
Matt Goodman
Beautifully shot but painfully dull.
Greg S
In Poland in the late 1950s, an orphan is about to take orders to become a nun when she learns that she is actually a Jew; accompanied by her only surviving… More
Carlos Magalhães
With a gorgeous and oppressive cinematography in black and white and an aspect ratio of 1.37:1, this solid drama also does a flawless job in exploring the… More
Mark Hobin
Ida is an anti-movie in today's world of visually enhanced 3D, color saturated computer generated imagery. Austere, black and white cinematography utilizes… More