Of Gods and Men
Of Gods and Men (2011)

Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Patient and restrained, Of Gods and Men asks deep, profound questions that will linger in the audience's mind long after the movie.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Alternately harrowing and humbling, this is a story of ordinary men whose compassion is tested in the cruelest, most profound fashion.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The film, directed by Xavier Beauvois, moves back and forth between the monks doing their daily chores and the decisions they must face as a group.

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press

Both the scenery and performances in Beauvois' film are impressive, but its downfall is mistakenly believing that the power of God is more inspiring than the power of men.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Beauvois takes his time limning the daily rhythms of the monastery, lingering on its most lyrical and sensuous moments, so that when violence finally reaches its gates the effect is all the more chilling.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Forgive me, Father, for I was bored.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Quietly compelling, if not as emotional as you might have hoped

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Leonard Maltin

I was stirred by the emotions expressed in this film-and the wonderful performances of its cast. Filmmaker Beauvois chose great faces, as well as great actors, to bring these characters to life, and they manage to convey an enormous amount with very...

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Beauvois' camera is watchful and unobtrusive, panning the monastery and its spartan rooms, documenting the brothers' quotidian tasks, but also the modest ritual, the beauty, the illumination.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Beauvois shows respect for all of the characters and cultures involved -- the monks, the community they served, even the enemies that the monks remembered in their prayers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A wonderful and heartbreaking film that moved me to tears with a story (based on real events) that is developed in a perfect slow pace, taking the necessary… More
Chris Weber
Loosely based on actual events that took place between 1993 and 1996, this is the story of 8 French monks living in Algeria in harmony with their Muslim… More
Jim Hunter
A group of Trappist monks must decide to flee or remain when a nearby village is threatened by Muslim extremists. As slow burns go, Of Gods and Men is one of… More
Emile Tremblay
This movie, as beautiful as it is, still presents some dumb technical flaws and the story left me pretty cold, perhaps because I think religion is evil, but I… More
Luke Baldock
A slow and touching drama that looks at the true story of a group of monks who refuse to leave their monastery despite the danger they are faced with. This film… More
Reza Mohseni
It's one of those movies you can talk about it for days.Disturbing and thoughtful,brought up again unanswered questions about god,religion and philosophy… More