A Hidden Life

critic Reviews

80% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score80%
  • Ambitious and visually absorbing, A Hidden Life may prove inscrutable to non-devotees -- but for viewers on Malick's wavelength, it should only further confirm his genius.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    How does someone retain their innocence in an inescapably dark time? It's a painful question, but [Terrence] Malick's film is brave enough to ask it.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    The drama lacks inner tension. Rather than wrestling with himself, as other Malick heroes do, Franz remains a noble waxwork helplessly true to his own convictions.
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    Sophie Monks KaufmanLittle White Lies
    An exquisitely emotional and thorough account of an individual resisting state fascism.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    Eyes may instinctively roll at Malick's fixation with magical dawn and dusk light - confronted by real darkness, the result is his best film in years.
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    Peter RainerChristian Science Monitor
    Despite its faults, the film does indeed succeed in being a species of religious experience. It has a powerful sense of the immanence of life.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    You admire this man and his devotion. You're enraged by this man because nobody in the world will know or care about his sacrifice...
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    Adam LubitowRochester City Newspaper
    An absorbing and often moving testament to the actions of ordinary people when confronted with the evils of the world.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    It is deeply human. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Adrian MartinScreenHub
    Simple or simplistic? Malick has chosen to aim for the hard clarity of a fairy tale - or a moral tale - here. For the spectator, it's a case of: take it or leave it.
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    Alex HudsonExclaim!
    Franz was unquestionably a hero, but his characterization here is curiously flat.
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