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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Now that Paweł Pawlikowski's haunting Polish film has been nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, Ida is back in the conversation. Let yourself be enveloped by a modern cinema classic.

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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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Prairie Miller
Critical Women

A candid exploration of how women channel the Holocaust differently in movies. Meanwhile, elephant in the screening room alert, with the suppressed buried past under the rubble of history, as to just how economics and ideological rivalry kick in.

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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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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

A beautiful film, and a mysterious one. I don't quite know what to make of it, but I have been seduced by its evasive intrigue.

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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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Dan Jardine

The film's moral complexity is laudable

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This film isn't much interested in telling what is happening in the present, because the implications of the past are too great. A soon to be confirmed nun… 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
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