In A Better World
In A Better World (2011)

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 1, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In a Better World is a sumptuous melodrama that tackles some rather difficult existential and human themes.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

True, the resolutions on offer seem conventionally pat, yet the tough questions stay with you in an absorbing drama which pushes the viewer's buttons with effective intelligence.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Despite some weaknesses as both a film and a parable, "In a Better World" is a potent provocation.

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Josh Larsen

...the two child performances are the emotional lynchpin of the movie.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Susanne Bier's latest meditation on grief and the boundaries of family -- which won this year's foreign-film Oscar -- is a tough piece of work, subtle in some ways, obvious in others, viscerally affecting throughout.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

An ethically ambitious, morally thoughtful - and deeply vexing - drama about the fragility of civil order and the menace of the lawless.

Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Although this being a film by Susanne Bier, there is unfortunately a good measure of unneeded melodrama stirred in to trivialize the very important thematic concerns.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Simply put, this would be a better world if there were more films like In a Better World.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Asks worthwhile questions about how fathers can best lead their sons, about the expectations placed on men by society and about their struggles with their inner violent impulses, which can lay so dormant and unnoticed, then, in a frightening rush, explode.

Kimber Myers
The Playlist

There's little flash or surprise in Bier's latest well-shot film, but plenty of substance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A challenging meditation on how hurt-induced revenge and the intention of getting rid of a menace can overlap when someone looks for a motive to get even. It… More
Bruce Bruce
A awesome film about a doctor who lives in Denmark but spends most of his life in Africa at a refugee camp. We see his life at home, his son and wife's… More
Jim Hunter
Two boys attempt to define masculinity in response to their respective family dramas. This Danish film is oddly both ambitious and contained. Its plot centers… More
Matthew Slaven
When, if ever, is violence the necessary choice of action? This movie explores the question on school grounds, a public park, and an African refugee camp. We… More
Luke Baldock
Susanne Bier is one of the greatest directors ever. Simple as that. Her films deal with issues, but always with a fresh perspective. In A Better World has a… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
In A Better World is an ethically provocative and morally thoughtful drama that advocates family, bullying, and justice. Ambitious.