Only God Forgives
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Julian (Ryan Gosling), a respected figure in the criminal underworld of Bangkok, runs a Thai boxing club and smuggling ring with his brother Billy. Billy is suddenly murdered and their crime lord matriarch, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives from London to bring back the body. When Jenna forces Julian to settle the score with his brother's killers, Julian finds himself in the ultimate showdown. (c) Radius

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Directors are always digging around in their psyches for material - David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Lars von Trier ... Refn's anxiety seems out to top theirs. But there's no joy or folly or transcendence. It's a one-dimensional video game of death."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"This is one of the most shocking and one of the best movies of the year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Even as their shadows fall across these walls, the characters are not supermen; they're humans reduced to chiaroscuro. Characterization is even more minimal."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Not only a disaster area but will also have you questioning your affection for Refn's last film in the first place."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Gosling is little more than eye candy; he plays Julian as if he's always just about ready for a nap."
‑ Jonathan Robbins, Film Comment Magazine
"Ryan Gosling and his "Drive" director, Nicolas Winding Refn, sail into the heart of darkness and emerge with a trinket of crackpot porno kitsch."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Refn's nerve is admirable, even if his film often borders on unwatchable."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a fragmented affair, relying on its visuals, sound design, and mythological villain to carry the day. It kept me riveted, though by the end I did feel the overall experience was a bit empty."
‑ Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine
"God might forgive Refn and Gosling for this mess, but moviegoers might not be so kind."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Those who are less judgmental, or less enamored of the sentimentality of "Drive" -- and "Bronson" die-hards -- will know to lower their expectations and see what strange, stylized crime drama the Danish director is serving up this time."
‑ Thelma Adams, Yahoo! Movies
"Style over substance doesn't really tell the half of it: you can bathe a corpse in groovy light and dress it in an expensive suit, but in the end that rotting smell just won't go away."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The most objectionable thing about Only God Forgives isn't that it's shocking or immoral, but that it's so finally, fatally dull."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Ryan Gosling reunites with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for the ultra-violent, ultra-slow-moving Bangkok-set revenge thriller Only God Forgives, whose unflinching gore and crawling pace will probably prove equally off-putting to most viewers."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The most fartistic movie of the year."
‑ Chase Whale,
"Since all the "characters" are archetypes, there's no way to really climb inside Only God Forgives and be emotionally affected by any of it."
‑ Eric Melin,
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