Faust (2013)

Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 15, 2013
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2014
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It strays from the source, but whatever it might lack in fidelity, Aleksandr Sokurov's lengthy, ambitious Faust more than makes up in fresh energy and ideas.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece ...

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Mark Jenkins

Faust's worldview may be esoteric, but its vision is lucid.

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Daniel Kasman

Aleksandr Sokurov's tetralogy of power, previously dedicated to real biographical subjects (Lenin, Hitler, Hirohito), unexpectedly concludes with a legendary fictitious man: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.

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Godfrey Cheshire

Compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

The ying-yang approach, remarkably different from any other interpretation of the source I've seen, is equally invigorating and frustrating, but in the best way.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind - and perhaps to blow it - long after it's over.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Settle in, because this requires your charity, but you'll dream it all back up the next night.

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Brian Orndorf

There are moments in the movie when the viewer will undoubtedly be willing to sell their soul to watch something else.

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A medieval doctor who's bored with life sells his soul to a Moneylender in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman. A fairly surreal and… More