Come and See (Idi i smotri)
Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985)

As seen through the eyes of teen-aged protagonist Alexei Kravchenko, the landscape of Byelorussia is devastated by the incursion of Nazi troops in 1943. The genocide perpetrated on the citizens of this region is almost secondary to the rape… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: October 17, 1985
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

I suppose that never forgetting has its place, but not when it insists on such narrowly righteous fantasies of revenge.

Full review…
Walter Goodman
New York Times

Scene for scene, Mr. Klimov proves a master of a sort of unreal realism that seeks to get at events terrible beyond comprehension.

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unforgettable nightmarish vision of excessive violence and cruelty.

Full review…
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Come and See, the last and most notable film made by the former Soviet director Elem Klimov, is another fusion of popular and vanguard styles, albeit put to more civic-minded use.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Come and See sounds like an invitation to a child's game. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Full review…
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Every scene drives home its point, plainly, that man's inhumanity to man is incurable.

Full review…
Wally Hammond
Time Out

A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.

Full review…
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Perhaps the most terrifying, nightmarish film anyone has ever made about war.

Full review…
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

a helluva journey, told with with brutal bluntness and numbing, unflinching realism.

Full review…
More reviews for Come and See (Idi i smotri)

Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
A rare jewel from cinema history, a painful and unforgettable film, a classic by Elem Klimov; Come and See (Idi i Smotri) is a picture that everybody must see.
El Hombre Invisible
Unlike any war film I've seen before. The story involves a rite-of-passage of a young Byelorussian villager who is drafted into the army to fight the… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
It's another war film about the victims, but shot with a lot of style, as if it was an operatic nightmare. While the movie starts exploring the character… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Remarkable and unsettling recount of the holocaust in Byelorussia. Director Elem Klimov's approach is crude, brutal and precise, just the right tone for… More
Randy Tippy
I don't recall ever seeing a more powerful anti-war film. The transformation of Florya (Aleksei Kravchenko) from an innocent boy into a battle-hardened… More
Stella Dallas
the trouble begins with the children...this has to be one of the most brutal war films ever made. a young boy joins the resistance to fight the nazis and finds… More