Only God Forgives
Only God Forgives (2013)

Julian (Ryan Gosling), a respected figure in the criminal underworld of Bangkok, runs a Thai boxing club and smuggling ring with his brother Billy. Billy is suddenly murdered and their crime lord matriarch, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas)… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 19, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Refn remains as visually stylish as ever, but Only God Forgives fails to add enough narrative smarts or relatable characters to ground its beautifully filmed depravity.

Wesley Morris

Directors are always digging around in their psyches for material - David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Lars von Trier ... Refn's anxiety seems out to top theirs. But there's no joy or folly or transcendence. It's a one-dimensional video game of death.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

This is one of the most shocking and one of the best movies of the year.

Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

This is more a horror film than a martial arts extravaganza.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ryan Gosling and his "Drive" director, Nicolas Winding Refn, sail into the heart of darkness and emerge with a trinket of crackpot porno kitsch.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Refn's nerve is admirable, even if his film often borders on unwatchable.

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Jason Bailey

'Only God Forgives' is a mess, an overly stylized and brutally violent mood piece with something to alienate everyone. It's also absolutely worth seeing.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Style over substance doesn't really tell the half of it: you can bathe a corpse in groovy light and dress it in an expensive suit, but in the end that rotting smell just won't go away.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The most objectionable thing about Only God Forgives isn't that it's shocking or immoral, but that it's so finally, fatally dull.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

That it is superficial is a given. It's clear that Refn's plan is to drug us into transcendence, into the eerie plains of his Norse parable Valhalla Rising. He wants this film to levitate, but it doesn't.

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Crystal: Just let me tell you, if the tables were turned, your brother, would have found your killer, and brought me his head on a platter! "Time To Meet… More
Chris Weber
After Drive became a surprise hit that came seemingly from out of nowhere, the masses became familiar with Nicolas Winding-Refn. His follow up to that film,… More
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Michael S
It's undeniable that "Only God Forgives" completely brought the momentum of director Nicholas Winding Refn to a screeching halt critically.… More
Manu Gino
Time to Meet The Devil. Great Film! This movie is fascinating ! Cinematography is beautifully worked, use of the red light is perfect, framing also. Production… More