Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

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Only God Forgives

Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn reunite after 2011's Drive, with this violent, Bangkok-set revenge thriller. Julian (Gosling) is tasked with avenging his brother's death, but a mysterious, unhinged policeman is following his every move.

Julian lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for his family's drugs smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed, their mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian's contacts in the criminal underworld lead him directly to The Angel of Vengeance, a retired police officer who is both judge and punisher. Crystal demands that Julian kill The Angel of Vengeance, an act that will cost him dearly.

2013Rating: MA15+, Strong bloody violence, coarse language and sexual references89 minsFrance, Thailand, USA, Sweden
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Variety

Variety

press

Kristin Scott Thomas easily upstages Ryan Gosling's near-catatonic turn... an exercise in supreme style and minimal substance.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It’s no "Drive," and even hardcore fans will struggle to love a film that’s as mad as a bag of prawn crackers, but as an exercise in style, it has many moments to savour.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

1.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Three words should suffice: pretentious macho nonsense.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Only God Forgives will, understandably, have people running for the exits, and running for the hills. It is very violent, but Winding Refn's bizarre infernal creation, an entire created world of fear, really is gripping. Every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance.

5.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Only God Forgives suffers from the disconnect between its stylistic high-art archness and its content’s pulp gratuitousness. Refn gives every sequence a hushed consideration, but there’s rarely a sense that he’s earned it with equivalent profundity in theme.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A menacingly atmospheric mood piece that will not disappoint devotees of the Nicolas Winding Refn church of fetishistic hyper-violence.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Provided that you can stomach its excesses, it's an unforgettable and weirdly rewarding excursion into violent fantasy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Experimental and uncompromising, Winding Refn and Gosling’s Drive follow-up is a tripped-out riff on the crime family movie in which The Grifters — literally — go to hell.

5.0
0

Loved it. Hated it. Way too violent but couldn't take my eyes off it. Sort of like a traffic accident! A guilty pleasure? Maybe - but other than liking the neon I wouldn't wanna see it again... ever! x

2.0
0

As the ultimate mother/bitch from hell, Kristin Scott Thomas proves you can take the trash out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the trash... She just drags it around with her creating hell wherever she hauls up. The moment I saw the dedication (to Alejandro Jodorowsky) I had an idea what I might be in for with this flick and I...

3.0
0

Nicholas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling team again, in what may well be one of the strangest movie's to come out this year. People expecting to watch "Drive 2", the director-actor's first collaboration will be disappointed. It would be too easy to criticise Only God Forgives for being a movie devoid of a plot. In fact the narrative is relatively ho-hum....

4.0
0

I'll start by saying I think the film was visually beautiful, albeit a little dark, but that was the mood of the film. Could it get darker? Visually entrancing with muted colours and slow motion scenes which climax with a jolt. If you think Ryan Gosling's handsome physique & face might soothe you through the revolting graphic sadistic scenes, think again....

2.0
0

Positives: Great performance by Kristin Scott Thomas who stands head and shoulders above the other actors. Stunning cinematography and imagery - the dragon wallpaper in the apartment is visually spectacular. Downsides: Quite slow. Overly gruesome. No likeable characters.

3.0
0

Violent, beautiful, choreographed, cold, distant, thoughtful, philosophical... I love Refn's work. 'Drive', 'Bronson' and the 'Pusher' trilogy are superb, but this is a tough one to like. It sure looks gorgeous, but if it's Hollywood cliche you're seeking - go see 'Fast & Furious 26' instead. Right from the start, when Gosling's bro says "Time to meet the...

3.0
0

My partner and I kept waiting for the movie to go somewhere, or for some kind of story line, but it never eventuated. It was a movie about nothing. Like they tried to copy Quentin Tarantino, but to no avail. Would suggest you don't waste your time going to see this.

0

The movie was entertaining at certain scenes but I must admit it is not a movie I would see again or recommend to others. It will interest those who are artistic or those who follow this type of cinematography.

2.0
0

Once again, Refn makes a bold impression. The cinematography, music and production design is all so impressive. I was well absorbed, and tense throughout - the sense of menace is vivid. A great genre piece, I just wish for a little more in the way of script, and less in the way of explicit violence. Whether this might transform it into a lesser film, i'm...

3.0
0

Looks like Refn & Gosling make for a pretty good partnership. Fairly classic Noir done well IMHO, with a fair bit of a David Lynch'esque quality to it. Only slight let-down was that it did not have the superb soundtrack & audio presense of Drive

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Kristin Scott Thomas easily upstages Ryan Gosling's near-catatonic turn... an exercise in supreme style and minimal substance.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It’s no "Drive," and even hardcore fans will struggle to love a film that’s as mad as a bag of prawn crackers, but as an exercise in style, it has many moments to savour.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

1.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Three words should suffice: pretentious macho nonsense.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Only God Forgives will, understandably, have people running for the exits, and running for the hills. It is very violent, but Winding Refn's bizarre infernal creation, an entire created world of fear, really is gripping. Every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance.

5.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Only God Forgives suffers from the disconnect between its stylistic high-art archness and its content’s pulp gratuitousness. Refn gives every sequence a hushed consideration, but there’s rarely a sense that he’s earned it with equivalent profundity in theme.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A menacingly atmospheric mood piece that will not disappoint devotees of the Nicolas Winding Refn church of fetishistic hyper-violence.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Provided that you can stomach its excesses, it's an unforgettable and weirdly rewarding excursion into violent fantasy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Experimental and uncompromising, Winding Refn and Gosling’s Drive follow-up is a tripped-out riff on the crime family movie in which The Grifters — literally — go to hell.

5.0
0

Loved it. Hated it. Way too violent but couldn't take my eyes off it. Sort of like a traffic accident! A guilty pleasure? Maybe - but other than liking the neon I wouldn't wanna see it again... ever! x

2.0
0

As the ultimate mother/bitch from hell, Kristin Scott Thomas proves you can take the trash out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the trash... She just drags it around with her creating hell wherever she hauls up. The moment I saw the dedication (to Alejandro Jodorowsky) I had an idea what I might be in for with this flick and...

3.0
0

Nicholas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling team again, in what may well be one of the strangest movie's to come out this year. People expecting to watch "Drive 2", the director-actor's first collaboration will be disappointed. It would be too easy to criticise Only God Forgives for being a movie devoid of a plot. In fact the narrative is relatively ho-hum....

4.0
0

I'll start by saying I think the film was visually beautiful, albeit a little dark, but that was the mood of the film. Could it get darker? Visually entrancing with muted colours and slow motion scenes which climax with a jolt. If you think Ryan Gosling's handsome physique & face might soothe you through the revolting graphic sadistic scenes, think again....

2.0
0

Positives: Great performance by Kristin Scott Thomas who stands head and shoulders above the other actors. Stunning cinematography and imagery - the dragon wallpaper in the apartment is visually spectacular. Downsides: Quite slow. Overly gruesome. No likeable characters.

3.0
0

Violent, beautiful, choreographed, cold, distant, thoughtful, philosophical... I love Refn's work. 'Drive', 'Bronson' and the 'Pusher' trilogy are superb, but this is a tough one to like. It sure looks gorgeous, but if it's Hollywood cliche you're seeking - go see 'Fast & Furious 26' instead. Right from the start, when Gosling's bro says "Time to meet...

3.0
0

My partner and I kept waiting for the movie to go somewhere, or for some kind of story line, but it never eventuated. It was a movie about nothing. Like they tried to copy Quentin Tarantino, but to no avail. Would suggest you don't waste your time going to see this.

0

The movie was entertaining at certain scenes but I must admit it is not a movie I would see again or recommend to others. It will interest those who are artistic or those who follow this type of cinematography.

2.0
0

Once again, Refn makes a bold impression. The cinematography, music and production design is all so impressive. I was well absorbed, and tense throughout - the sense of menace is vivid. A great genre piece, I just wish for a little more in the way of script, and less in the way of explicit violence. Whether this might transform it into a lesser film, i'm...

3.0
0

Looks like Refn & Gosling make for a pretty good partnership. Fairly classic Noir done well IMHO, with a fair bit of a David Lynch'esque quality to it. Only slight let-down was that it did not have the superb soundtrack & audio presense of Drive

4.0
0