The Painted Bird

critic Reviews

, 81% 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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    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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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    With rare commitment, Marhoul sets himself to portraying such all-consuming human depravity, the only response is to crumple.
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    Gary M. KramerSalon.com
    The Painted Bird is a potent, visceral but rewarding film for viewers who can withstand the onslaught of traumatizing moments.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    I must admit that staying with the film required steady purpose, but the experience, far from being numbing, was spellbinding. By the end there was no distance between me and the boy. I could see him thinking.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    The Painted Bird is undeniably impressive, artful and powerful.
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    Mark KidelThe Arts Desk
    The horror of the content aside, this is a stunningly beautiful film.
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    Hanna FlintiNews.co.uk
    Even with its aestheticising filter of black and white, The Painted Bird is a bleak marathon of torture porn that is exhausting to endure.
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    Deals in visual poetry that compels attention even as it wallows in unkindness.
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