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The prisoner R arrives to Denmark's toughest prison, where he is to serve a sentence for violent assault. R is reduced to a number, a letter, just another inmate. The prison is a parallel world filled with rules, honor, and debts. A world, in which bars cover the windows and blood stains the floor. R is placed in the most hardcore ward. Here he must find his place in the system, learn to navigate, and fight for survival. navigate, and fight for survival. -- (C) Olive Films
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Who knows better about prison life than someone who has experienced it firsthand?"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The film's brilliance starts to surpass its brutality."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The story charts an expected path, but the acting is quite solid and the movie's ethnic divisions are solidly elucidated without ever becoming overbearing or pretentious."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
""R" is not about justice or redemption. You couldn't even call it a protest film about prison conditions, but it is very well made and persuasively acted."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Lindholm and Noer attempt to make up in raw emotion what their film lacks in context, an approach good for a surprising amount of mileage, until the project finally chokes on its own inevitable nihilism."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"Directors-screenwriters Lindholm and Noer are careful not to let the audience know more than their protagonist does, keeping them in the nerve-wrecking state of uncertainty and fear."
‑ Karsten Kastelan, Hollywood Reporter
"The helmers employ claustrophobic closeups to mirror the experience of an inmate arriving at the harsh institution and finding his options limited by more than just locked doors."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"Since R focuses on complete mental and physical fragmentation, it rightfully separates the desolate locale based on narrative focus."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
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