Godland

critic Reviews

, 88% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    David RooneyHollywood Reporter
    This transfixing drama is certainly austere. But there’s also a marvelously odd vein of sneaky humor running through it, along with an unpredictability that keeps you glued.
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    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    “Godland” tells a story of natural wonder, elemental beauty and human folly.
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    Wendy IdeScreen International
    An engrossing account of a voyage to the dark side of permanent daylight.
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    Peter DebrugeVariety
    All this is enormously rich material to work with, rendered all the more engaging by the surroundings. But Pálmason doesn’t make “Godland” easy on audiences.
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    Alex BillingtonFirstShowing.net
    It's a breathtaking, slow burn, poetic journey through an utterly gorgeous hell for this Danish missionary-colonialist-photographer.
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    Diego BatlleOtroscines.com
    [Godland] has everything one hopes to find in a film... characters with contradictions and layers, and the feeling that we're discovering cinema for the first time. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Alan ZilbermanWashington City Paper
    If character and anthropological curiosity are Godland’s primary interests, the beauty of the landscape is its biggest selling point. Withering and gentle, it is the kind of film that rewards those who are willing to meet it halfway.
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    Jo-Anne TitmarshHeyUGuys
    With a pair of fine lead performances and some beautiful cinematography, Hylnur Pálmason has created a film that is as beautiful as it is intelligent. Don’t miss it.
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    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    Godland has all the transportive visual trappings of a man against nature story but it’s really a tragedy of a man battling his own arrogance and losing.
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    Jeff MitchellArt House Film Wire
    Pálmason channels his inner Herzog and Malick and delivers a daunting, immersing 19th-century journey, one that pits naivety against nature and proficiency. An instant classic!
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