By the Grace of God

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Patient in its approach yet stirring in its conviction, By the Grace of God draws soberly gripping cinema from real-life horror.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.
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    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    One is prone to expect excess in a film by François Ozon, [but he] wisely opts to frame the fact-based events as a straightforward crime drama.
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    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
    The film gathers momentum and shading as it goes.
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    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
    "By the Grace of God" begins to spin its wheels, with unnecessary scenes that give color to the events, when we're more interested in the grand movements.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It's strong material, and apt to infuse the viewer with righteous ire.
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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    There's perhaps an over-reliance on voiceover by way of letters and emails, though the film's unvarnished formal directness is a good thing, given the sensitive material.
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    Matthew St. ClairCinema Sentries
    It works quite effectively even if it spells out its various conflicts in an expositional manner.
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    Gisela SavdieEl Heraldo
    The first thing we ask ourselves is how can Alexander still believe in the Catholic Church [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Dan ScullyCinema76
    Populate these environments with a group of terrific performances, and it makes for a welcoming-yet-unforgiving look into an issue that should be understood by as many people as possible.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Mutating into a documentary-style approach, Ozon has a talented cast helping him stabilize the narrative disproportion whenever the film goes up and down in tone.
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