The Painted Bird

critic Reviews

, 82% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Brutally uncompromising in its portrayal of Nazi Germany, The Painted Bird is a difficult watch that justifies its stark horror with searing impact.
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    Nick SchagerEsquire Magazine
    Few films are this tough to sit through-or difficult to forget.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    For all its overworked grotesqueries, it attempts an intriguing climb from the deepest pits of horror towards some kind of stoic grace.
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    Deals in visual poetry that compels attention even as it wallows in unkindness.
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    The sequence of events is so relentlessly brutal as to become numbing, almost comical.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's much easier, says The Painted Bird, to simply throw our hands in the air and declare humanity doomed.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    The Painted Bird is a brutal kind of ordeal, but eerie, unearthly and even beautiful sometimes: a bad dream that leaks into waking reality.
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    Witney SeiboldCritically Acclaimed Podcast
    Bottomless suffering transformed into aesthetically exhilarating art.
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    Jennie KermodeEye for Film
    It has something to say about redemption and how we bring society back from the abyss. As such, it's a powerful piece of work, a landmark in Czech cinema.
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    Tom MeekCambridge Day
    Perhaps the best film of 2020.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Definitely not for the fainthearted.
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