R (2011)

The prisoner R arrives to Denmark's toughest prison, where he is to serve a sentence for violent assault. R is reduced to a number, a letter, just another inmate. The prison is a parallel world filled with rules, honor, and debts. A… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 17, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2011
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Who knows better about prison life than someone who has experienced it firsthand?

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David Fear
Time Out

The film's brilliance starts to surpass its brutality.

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Brent Simon

The story charts an expected path, but the acting is quite solid and the movie's ethnic divisions are solidly elucidated without ever becoming overbearing or pretentious.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

"R" is not about justice or redemption. You couldn't even call it a protest film about prison conditions, but it is very well made and persuasively acted.

Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

Lindholm and Noer attempt to make up in raw emotion what their film lacks in context, an approach good for a surprising amount of mileage, until the project finally chokes on its own inevitable nihilism.

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Karsten Kastelan
Hollywood Reporter

Directors-screenwriters Lindholm and Noer are careful not to let the audience know more than their protagonist does, keeping them in the nerve-wrecking state of uncertainty and fear.

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Alissa Simon

The helmers employ claustrophobic closeups to mirror the experience of an inmate arriving at the harsh institution and finding his options limited by more than just locked doors.

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

Since R focuses on complete mental and physical fragmentation, it rightfully separates the desolate locale based on narrative focus.

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