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You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

2017
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 29m
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Avg Percentile 56.33% from 1964 total ratings

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Rated 22 Apr 2018
90
92nd
Rushes in from last place screaming about how this is like someone made the ending of Taxi Driver feature length. I’m bouncing dimes off this tautness.
Rated 02 May 2018
60
38th
There's a shot in the first season of Stranger Things where the camera is descending a staircase. It approaches some open rails on the side and then impossibly goes through them. It made me think, "Wow, that was a cool shot." And like that, I was out of the story. While impressive, it was needlessly flashy to the point of being distracting. Every individual aspect of this film, every single one of them barring maybe the acting, is exemplary of this. I was 100% against the Greenwood score.
Rated 16 May 2018
88
87th
YWNRH is to trauma as We Need to Talk about Kevin is to guilt and Morvern Callar is to grief: the use of formal technique — playing with temporality and ambiguity, discordance of different forms of sound and visuals, surrealist and grotesque flourishes — to reconstruct the headspace of a character whose daily rhythms have been shattered by an inescapable bombardment of emotion.
Rated 15 Oct 2017
88
88th
*spray-painted in a london underground station* RAMSAY IS GOD *spray-painted underneath in slightly smaller writing* SO IS PHOENIX
Rated 19 Mar 2018
95
96th
Lynne Ramsay uses powerful images to explore trauma in a really authentic way. Violence isn't glamorised; she lingers on its aftermath and the pain that's underlying it. Joaquin Phoenix is incredible at capturing the subtleties of a really engrossing character study - his torment is offset by tenderness and a determination to rein himself in. It's completely emotionally driven, and you often get the sense that the score is occupying his headspace, filling in for what can't be articulated.
Rated 08 Nov 2018
68
30th
From the gritty violence to the terse, broken protagonist to the pedophiliac, corrupt politicians, this movie is built from the nuts and bolts of what should have been an excellent noir flick. Something went awry when Lynne Ramsay got her hands on this. She dwells on the wrong things, emphasizes the uninteresting and directed it like an overly produced art movie--something in diametrical opposition to the matter-of-fact genre. It doesn't help that Greenwood crapped on the soundtrack either.
Rated 14 Apr 2018
20
9th
Why the fuck this story? Why did this ex-soldier of US imperialist mission in Middle East become a serial killer and why do I have to sympathize with him? Who the fuck dares to kidnap a senators daughter and force him to prostitution? Why do their stories have to overlap and why should I (we) give any shit at all? Pretentious cliche visuals imitating Refn's style w/o reason.Movies should be driven by an urgent question, a genuine relation with the world, which definitely lacks here. Bullshit.
Rated 08 Apr 2018
90
96th
Lynne Ramsey knows exactly what she wants this film to do and how to most effectively get it done. Set in a world full of apathy, decay and corruption - with the protagonist's perception of past, present and fantasy often merging in jarring ways, the gruesome subject matter is brilliantly combined with a visceral and believable central performance, an unsettling score, and some inventive camerawork to produce one of the most intense and engrossing films in recent memory.
Rated 09 Apr 2018
5
69th
I won't be the first or last person to call this a Taxi Driver knock (knock) off, or to qualify that by praising its score and cinematography. Ramsay's formal skills are on full display here, but she's let down by a razor-thin script, theme and cast of characters. It's not so much style over substance as it is lacking a style of its own. And while it's crafted with obvious care, and given extra weight and heft through Phoenix's performance, YWNH is a surprisingly hollow & disappointing watch.
Rated 22 Jul 2018
5
91st
In which the title refers to the ephemeral nature of existence itself, our haunted protagonist able only to assert his corporeality through acts of brutal physical violence, portrayed so elliptically that we're left only with the broken bodies of broken men he leaves behind. Use a hammer, and every problem looks like a nail, but what happens when there are no nails left to pound? Ramsay's grasp of her haunting aesthetic is more acute than ever, and Phoenix may be the best actor alive.
Rated 08 Apr 2018
55
39th
A committed (but not fantastic) performance by Phoenix, a story with potential (but best script in Cannes... really? come on now), some wonderful shots and some ridiculous moments (e.g., the singing) all add up to an intriguing, but flawed character study. The intrusive sound design and the amazing editing stand out.
Rated 12 Apr 2018
70
70th
It's kind of amazing how they were able to tell a story without actually telling a story. Most of the "action" occurs off camera leaving us just the results. The story was quite simple but effective. Acting was incredibly sparse with little dialog. It moves along without explanation and almost no detail. I'll always wonder if that was intentional or a by product of intense editing. In any case, it was interesting and engaging despite the sparsity of detail.
Rated 18 Mar 2018
100
90th
Fantastic. Grim, real, thoroughly solid stuff led by an as usual unbeatable Joaquin Phoenix. There's enough raw energy and screen presence in that man to power the film industry for a year.
Rated 16 Oct 2017
85
92nd
very intense. Not only because of its violent nature (most real violence happens off screen), but mostly because the editing (with for example quick flashes of past traumas) and disorientating score puts the viewer in the protagonist disturbed mindset. Phoenix makes you feel like he is the only actor alive that could have played this part.
Rated 08 Apr 2018
85
95th
There's nothing shockingly new about the source material - I haven't read the Ames book, but prima facie it reminds me of a variety of other movies. Ramsay's adaptation and directing, on the other hand, are the stuff of pure genius. Phoenix turns in the most perfect performance of an illustrious career, and the choppy, off-kilter storytelling relies almost entirely on risqué cinematography and sound design rather than verbal explanation. Edge-of-your-seat stuff, with a Greenwood soundtrack.
Rated 22 Nov 2017
7
57th
An eminently watchable hybrid of Drive and Taxi Driver, albeit without the same visual flair or compelling character dynamics. At such a short running time, the film quickly spirals into a laundry list of dodgy plot points/conveniences and its attempts at developing Phoenix's character through fragmentary flashbacks is a needlessly distracting faux pas. The filmmaking nerd in me was however completely enamored with its sound-editing choices and the at times inspired marriage of image and sound.
Rated 13 May 2018
82
81st
The devil is in the details throughout YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, a film that addresses the modern mania for middle-aged vigilantes by immersing the viewer in the headspace of a deeply troubled man. It's discomfiting, downbeat...and terrifically cinematic, as filmmaker Lynne Ramsay casts a critical eye on the ethics of righteous violence. We are meant to question, not enjoy--a strategy that doesn't make for a particularly straightforward or endearing film, but rather, a fascinating one.
Rated 02 Dec 2017
75
81st
Stop! Hammer time.
Rated 29 May 2018
40
13th
Bad trip intensifies. An oh-so-sensorial modern day Taxi Driver -- he saves a girl from sex traffickers and later goes after a government candidate, come on -- that tries to be immersive, philosophical and even kind of experimental into a man's tormented mind and memories. Nothing really works besides Phoenix.
Rated 11 Apr 2018
75
75th
so sparse, it's an exercise in testing viewer imagination. and another great addition to the collection of Joaquin Phoenix facial hair performances.
Rated 15 Mar 2018
82
82nd
A bulked-up Phoenix dominates the frame in almost every scene, stalking around Jonny Greenwood's understated score for the duration. The film's treatment of violence is interesting - time and time again it cuts away at the last second or has the act happen just out of shot, but turns the tables by forcing you to stare at the results for seconds at a time.
Rated 08 Apr 2018
40
5th
I love all of Lynne Ramsay's films (rated them top tier), but this was just terrible waste of time. The average ratings are very surprising to me.
Rated 27 Jul 2018
91
97th
What it jettisons deliberately in terms of narrative and character it more than makes up for in its other departments. Visually and audibly it’s so immersive I was left utterly suduced by the experience. So much happens off screen, so much is communicated to the viewer with small visual cues, it’s an absolute masterclass from Ramsey.
Rated 02 Jan 2019
85
85th
I thought this was going to be another slow-paced, sleepy small-budget film, but man, something clicks after a half hour. It is a film about violence, grief, and trauma, among other things. The plot doesn't spell things out for the viewer, so you have to rely on the visual cues.
Rated 05 May 2018
85
79th
You Were Never Really Here is not for the faint of heart: it deals with sex trafficking and child exploitation in a more urgent, immediate way than any other film I have seen. Joaquin Phoenix gives an excellent performance as a haunted victim and Iraq veteran that when paired with Lynne Ramsay's unique lens shows the effects abuse and PTSD can have on a person. Perhaps the most chilling part of the film is how sad it is that the events of this film do not seem out of the realm of possibility.
Rated 14 Jan 2018
2
59th
A stretched short film, YWNRH is. The screenplay feels underdeveloped and unfinished, almost like a segment of a complete screenplay was taken out. The audience follows the main character, mostly from point A to point B, walking. Also, he does a lot of staring and visibly in agony. There is simply not enough meat on the bone. Too bad.
Rated 13 Apr 2018
75
54th
Occasionally reaches greatness but doesn't stay there. Phoenix puts in good work as per usual and I'm all for this type of movie, but there's a disconnect created by the fractured memories and chaotic presentation. Sometimes that gels together and the editing/music/sound design really does something special, but for the most part it's a good flick, one that is certainly a fun take on the genre.
Rated 18 Apr 2018
53
38th
This is what you get when a director doesn't dare to make a pure genre movie and decides to sugar-coat it with arthouse clichés.
Rated 20 Apr 2018
90
93rd
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? The one that's played by Joaquin Phoenix wins.
Rated 29 Apr 2018
7
50th
incredibly slick sound, editing, mood, vibe. very cool. would've been a tier higher, but I just felt that, in this movie about a war vet with PTSD saving girls from a pedophile prostitution ring by killing dudes with a hammer, they just held back. sure, there were some great moments, but I was expecting like, saulnier or safdie levels of awfulness. I didn't want to see more kids getting abused or anything, but the violence could've been gnarlier or something, idk.
Rated 11 Nov 2019
80
84th
First time for me watching a Lynne Ramsay film; got to say I was impressed. A pretty straightforward, but bleak, story is wrapped up in a beautifully filmed package, and delivered via some nicely controlled performances. It has touches of surreality, and a quite a lot is left to the imagination, be it brutal offscreen violence, or a more detailed exploration of the characters' experiences. The score for me was hit and miss, but seemed to suit what was happening. An intriguing piece of work.
Rated 29 Jul 2018
3
28th
Don’t get it; don’t get the hype surrounding it. Long stretches of nothing, mumbled dialogue, sudden bursts of violence, repeat. Feels like reheated Drive leftovers.
Rated 14 Aug 2018
80
77th
This film doesn't have action, it has violence. Joaquin Phoenix smushing jelly beans is probably a weird(er) form of ASMR to someone
Rated 28 Aug 2018
8
80th
It's a seen-before premise but you don't really notice because of the unique and masterful craftsmanship (the plot is thin but in an engaging, albeit slightly hard-to-follow way: the visual, in-between-the-lines storytelling is refreshing; the camerawork and editing are consistently creative-loved that taxi title) and strongly written and acted protagonist (the parallel drawn between him and Nina, both just trying to wait out the pain of their existence, is a moving one-see the lake scene).
Rated 28 Aug 2018
75
66th
Patient takes, unique cinematography, and interesting focus turns this from a just another in a long line of old-man-vigilante-takes-on-organized-crime action films into a brooding arthouse picture. Creatively and atypically done.
Rated 11 Jan 2020
5
20th
I don't really understand the appeal, but it may have been because the movie didn't have my undivided attention. Perhaps someday I will give it another watch, but probably not soon.
Rated 21 Jun 2018
56
13th
Is there anything really here?
Rated 13 Oct 2017
85
82nd
A triumph on all ends; contained, ethereal, sludgy. Goes under my definition of Post-Film, i.e Mad Max Fury Road, Mandy.
Rated 13 Nov 2019
85
86th
The movie we need in the age of Jeffrey Epstein
Rated 21 Jun 2018
83
86th
A minimalistic thriller with a hypnotic lead performance and an unnerving Johnny Greenwood score, or the answer to: what if Taken was more like Drive?
Rated 08 Aug 2018
79
94th
A film that really gets under your skin. More reviews here : http://movie-freak.be
Rated 14 Apr 2018
60
28th
Dark tale with Phoenix at his quirky best, but to what end? The music/sound effects were a near continual irritant, meant, I'm sure, to enhance his erraticism and angst. There's a good story in there somewhere, but it had me leaving the theater feeling like a hamster in a shock maze with no rewards. And it didn't help that they filmed two alternative endings, and then used them both. Powerful images be damned, the industry needs a "WTF?" rating.
Rated 21 Apr 2018
70
42nd
I have to wave the "inaccessibility" flag here. The conclusions that Joe comes to aren't spelled out in such a way that makes clear exactly what they are. Elitists might say differently, but that's a problem for an audience. This nails the intensity in both tone and performance, though it borders on overdoing things on both counts and becoming melodramatic. Unlike most I'm not willing to praise the sound design; found it distracting in (too many) parts. I didn't dislike it - it just missed me.
Rated 22 Jun 2018
35
20th
I wanted to love this. It could have been incredible. It's beautifully shot and the lack of dialogue is really striking but it's just so badly thrown together and descends into hammer farce
Rated 09 Apr 2018
75
75th
Some wonderful visual choices and a great use of restraint. Lacks something special to really make it pop, but overall really well done.
Rated 13 Apr 2018
85
95th
A stylish, taut, emotional thriller that never spells out what it's trying to do, leaving the audience to piece it together based on the stunning performance by Phoenix, who has rarely been used better than by Ramsay.
Rated 13 Apr 2018
55
17th
Are you seriously???? Absolutely Ramsay's worst film. Anyway beyond the scope of this text..........
Rated 21 Apr 2018
37
33rd
Rating tentative, even a bit generous. Ramsay's skill as a visual stylist hasn't diminished, but more often than not this struck me as inexplicably clunky, heavy-handed miserablist kitsch. I'm afraid I might have grown out of stuff like this. Taxi Driver, sure I guess, but I actually thought more of The Brown Bunny as directed by Nicholas Winding Refn (somehow not a compliment though).
Rated 28 Apr 2018
75
74th
GREAT acting, GREAT soundtrack, GREAT story, GREAT new kind of movie, GREAT PHOENIX! The pacing was very slow and some things were very graphic (others not graphic at all as a funny twist). The slow pace started to annoy me at the end though. I was left with the feeling that this could have had a better final 20-30 minutes.
Rated 28 Apr 2018
87
81st
Didn't find it remotely as affecting as any of Ramsay's other work, but does offer moments of her signature orgasmic merging of sound and image. Jonny's score is fantastic. I found the final five minutes pleasantly anti-cathartic, and the final scene in particular is a powerful mini-existential statement. Please keep making movies, Lynne Ramsay.
Rated 01 May 2018
85
74th
A nightmare filled with trauma that appealed to me through character and the daunting noise. It has this atmosphere filled with torment that feeds the thrill in this production.
Rated 10 May 2018
8
94th
No complaints. In fact, everything about this was excellent, especially the production. The editing and/or directing was possibly masterful. Great job by Joaquin Phoenix and Ekaterina Samsonov.
Rated 17 May 2018
56
62nd
Yeah, sure, sort of like the third act of TAXI DRIVER...if Travis Bickle just got out of major dental surgery.
Rated 20 May 2018
87
80th
Brilliantly directed, technically first-rate; Phoenix is typically excellent. Script is imperfect but intriguing. Wonderful ending.
Rated 27 May 2018
5
10th
Heavily disappointing
Rated 30 Jun 2018
70
54th
nice atmosphere but not much substance. refreshingly short.
Rated 19 Jul 2018
40
24th
This twisted neo noir film is very ambitious and has a heavyweight like Joaquin trying to lift it off, but despite a correct cinematography and acting you can't overcome the poor script and storytelling.
Rated 10 Jan 2020
4
74th
A non-verbal and cacophonous projection of post-traumatic headspace. It is aestheticized and mannered, but there's little doubt regarding the emotional veracity of this characterization.
Rated 06 Dec 2018
83
75th
Ramsay somehow finds a way to plug vigilante thriller elements into a rich character piece about mental illness and empathy that actually works. She builds a world drenched in transparent corruption and cartoonish evil not too unlike our own, and tells us that the only way we can attempt to deal with it is finding kindness and understanding on an individual level. It's got emotional beats that get the details of depression right, and it has such a satisfying sense of ambiguity that is so rare.
Rated 10 Jan 2019
40
30th
Great title. Very threadbare plot that suddenly turned inexplicable. Well acted by Phoenix. I personally don't care for films that use the invincible warrior vet trope. Some good fight sequences but you never really felt in danger. Fav scene: fight scene cutting between distant cameras.
Rated 02 Feb 2019
50
48th
Lynne Ramsay channels a bit of Nicolas Winding Refn here, but what begins with the quirky-but-focused atmosphere of Drive ends with the OTT oddness of Only God Forgives - as a taut, engrossing revenge thriller gives way to a weird confusing mess that eventually dribbles away without any proper conclusion. I'd been quite enjoying this midway through - considering a rewatch if necessary - but even with questions remaining, the lack of any real resolution to the story makes that prospect unlikely.
Rated 07 Jun 2021
40
28th
It would take something truly special to make a film about a social flatline (Phoenix), who has no interest in forming relationships to the world or the people around him, work. Then you think, Ramsay might be someone who could actually pull this off. Well, she doesn't.
Rated 08 Aug 2018
41
12th
this film like a jejune combination of drive and taxi driver and it says nothing new. these trauma flashbacks almost gave me cancer. they are extremely generic to create a psychological perspective. and that vigilante story, you can't follow it. because the camera preclude the story at any moment. you were never really here is one of the biggest wrecks in 2017. except its dark atmosphere and phoenix, there's nothing right in this.
Rated 14 Dec 2018
80
63rd
I don't know how to review this film. The directing is very interesting, with some spectacularly poignant scenes, but overall the story isn't incredibly enthralling, neither is Phoenix's performance. Neither are boring either, which is why I have the dilemma. This is film is mostly just alright, it's ultimately pretty simple. Nothing remarkable. I probably wouldn't watch it a second time.
Rated 23 Nov 2019
84
89th
Hits pretty much all the ugly realities of society that we are afraid to think about.
Rated 21 Mar 2018
70
70th
Somewhat leaner than Phoenix's Joe but no less visceral and brutal in its methods and execution.
Rated 08 Apr 2018
88
87th
Gerçeklik ve halüsinasyonun iç içe girdiği, neredeyse her karesinde J.Phoenix'in muazzam ve tekinsiz oyunculuğunun işlediği, hikayeyi nereden tuttuğunuza bağlı olarak değiştiği modern başyapıt. Müzikleri için de övgüler, övgüler!
Rated 08 Apr 2018
72
49th
Ses kullanımı yine çok iyi. Phoenix her zamanki gibi çok iyi. Birkaç da güzel metafor. O kadar.
Rated 08 Apr 2018
71
45th
Phoenix is great but he always is. There are a couple of great shots but nothing more. It would have been a great short movie. Now it's disconnected, stretched and underdeveloped.
Rated 12 Jan 2019
80
69th
Great acting, good picture.
Rated 10 Apr 2018
40
26th
Yeah I totally understood this film. Totally. Like a thousand percent. Fuck off.
Rated 12 Apr 2018
60
45th
Very solid Phoenix. His powerfull presence keeps this pretty messy thing together.
Rated 12 Apr 2018
85
78th
Sabe qual é o problema da Lynne Ramsay? Ela demora demais para lançar seus filmes entre um e outro, tamanho talento deveria nos brindar mais com o mesmo. Espécie de releitura, filme-homenagem à Taxi Driver com os elementos narrativos coincidentes abundam, mas a estética é toda da Ramsey que felizmente não poupa talento num filme para chamar de seu. WEBRip Titan
Rated 13 Apr 2018
60
68th
Well produced but intricate.
Rated 19 Apr 2018
37
8th
At its core a very straight and simple hitman story (with all the clichés and not much else) told like it's a deep arthouse movie. Had a chance to go really creepy on everyone's ass right before the end, but decided to take the safe route instead. So, in the end, all you're left with is a run-of-the-mill genre movie stripped of its genre elements. Plus Phoenix being weird a couple times. And Johnny Greenwood is pretty much ripping off himself in this one. Especially the "remember TWBB?"-piece.
Rated 19 Apr 2018
70
82nd
Need to watch it again.
Rated 20 Apr 2018
25
18th
bad movie
Rated 25 May 2018
92
94th
Tells a familiar story of vigilantism and vengeance, though feels remarkably different not just because of the predictability lessening as the story goes on, but also how audaciously and uniquely it's told. The story is so clear and the editing is so precise (flashbacks can last up to five seconds at a time), that there's enough room for a wider mood introduced through the immense details of every perfectly captured and edited shot. Ramsay, Phoenix, and Greenwood elevate this to heavenly highs.
Rated 22 Apr 2018
70
70th
Interesting plot with lots of violence.
Rated 25 May 2018
70
67th
I didn't think it was amazing, but it was really good. I've been anticipating Lynne Ramsay's follow-up to We Need to Talk About Kevin for a while now, and while this wasn't as good, it shows she's still got it. Her direction is excellent, if slightly pretentious at points. Joaquin Phoenix is fantastic, of course. Jonny Greenwood's score is really cool, too. I liked that the film often avoided becoming obvious with its story. Recommended.
Rated 08 May 2018
84
86th
Reminded me of Kill List.
Rated 16 May 2018
88
37th
psychic!
Rated 04 Jun 2018
80
53rd
Tension permeates nearly every frame of this film. An intimate, yet strangely detached glimpse into the mind of a man that is, at least to himself, well beyond the point of any sort of redemption. I got hints of "Funny Games", as Ramsay implies violence rather than showing it overtly; you expect a certain something from this movie, but do you really want to see it? Or perhaps, are you here to see kids being saved, or bad guys getting some street justice? Either way, you won't be disappointed.
Rated 06 Jan 2020
75
42nd
Great acting, great music, felt a bit long or disjointed at times. Maybe I'm just not receptive to Ramsay's film language
Rated 30 Jun 2018
80
45th
Well made, cruel, dark. Important themes. Great production, great acting. But somehow when all mixed together the movie did drag a bit and there is always this feeling that something is missing. A mediocre movie that tries to sell itself for a bit more than it is.
Rated 22 Jul 2018
50
26th
Ramsey works overtime to convey this troubled character's trauma induced psyche through a careful modulation of image and sound, but to what end? None that I could see. It's a slick technical exercise that benefits from the presence of Phoenix, and there are a few good moments, but the genre elements are contrived, and it's inferior to what Refn and Van Sant have done with these lonely-isolated man modern arty tropes. In other words, it's more like Drive meets Paranoid Park than Taxi Driver.
Rated 14 Jan 2019
69
73rd
I really liked Ramsay's work with We Need to Talk About Kevin, and I was not disappointed here. There is very little development in the traditional sense, it has one story to tell and everything else is nuance as to detail. It works very well for the most part. Phoenix is impressive in a role that is mostly internalized.
Rated 19 Aug 2018
70
3rd
watched half an hour and deleted. my organism refused to watch it ! and it happens not that often
Rated 21 Aug 2018
6
52nd
Some fantastic sound editing aside this didn't wow or set new ground for me. I'll take "Drive" thanks.
Rated 24 Sep 2018
65
27th
It's directed well,acted wonderfully and looks beautiful but it leaves you a bit empty.I think it's a classic example of style over substance.Stylistically brilliant but emotionally empty.
Rated 14 Jun 2022
65
83rd
If Batman and Joker had a baby, he'd grow up to be this guy.
Rated 23 Oct 2018
80
89th
A truly dark film.
Rated 11 Jun 2019
88
94th
Obvious similarities to Taxi Driver aside, this film really reminds me of a stripped-down Drive. Take away the synthwave aesthetic curtain and you're left with visceral look into a troubled protagonist as he tries to find justice in a world that he really has no place in.
Rated 24 Sep 2021
20
39th
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Rated 09 Sep 2021
68
41st
Ramsey is a very good director but this script has significant problems (it won at Cannes??). The core story about psychological trauma shines in its performances, music, editing & uncanny attention to peculiar detail. The variously inspired execution however fails settle the character weight it successfully establishes with the conventional thriller plot in a rewarding or coherent way. Sadly comes across as contrived or misguided as a whole & especially with the political aspect of the plot.
Rated 27 Nov 2018
60
19th
It had some extremely well done moments of intensity, but too much of the movie meanders through... something. A great use of sound gets lost in the noise of mediocrity.
Rated 17 Dec 2018
65
72nd
Gritty, brutal and straight to the point. Ramsay wastes no time progressing the story and showing us the bare, honest and cynical details of the intriguing glimpse of the life of a veteran turned vigilante, sparing neither time, nor poignancy in getting a sound message through. The one criticism I have would be of the lack of graphic details in portraying the action sequences - they are brutal as they are, but felt off key. Phoenix is amazing as usual.
Rated 14 Mar 2020
26
18th
I really dislike non linear plots that seem psychedelic but I love dark stories. I liked very little of this but the film shooting, music and Phoenix.
Rated 03 Feb 2019
63
24th
I understand the movie was artsy; scenes were shot specifically to fulfill these goals. *spoiler* One that strikes out was when Joe was in the lake and he decided to not kill himself to save Nina, you can see Nina also swimming up. Because if he would die, it would only mean Nina would die with him. Despite all these creative and masterfully done scenes, the movie itself was quite dull, and at times left me drowsy. I can see why people would appreciate this movie but I'm not one of those people
Rated 01 Jan 2019
85
76th
It starts off relatively slow, but the visuals are impressive, and by the end it becomes highly engaging. Joaquin Phoenix is a force to be reckoned with, as his performance is definitely the highlight. The story could have been a little more meaty, but I don't think that's the kind of movie Ramsay/Ames wanted to make. Ultimately the audience wins when the creators vision comes to fruition.

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