First Reformed (2018)
Critic Consensus: Brought to life by delicate work from writer-director Paul Schrader and elevated by a standout performance by Ethan Hawke, First Reformed takes a sensitive and suspenseful look at weighty themes.
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Critic Reviews for First Reformed
An embittered look at our world through the eyes of someone who's increasingly horrified to be a part of it, and a film that's one of the most searing experiences of the year.
Schrader's chief influence here, as in many of his other films, is the great French director Robert Bresson... But Bresson's spare stylistics achieved a sublimity while Schrader's, though intermittently powerful, too often feel schematic.
A stunning, enrapturing film, a crowning work by one of the American cinema's most essential artists.
First Reformed has its steeple in the clouds and its foundation on solid ground.
It is an exquisite piece of filmmaking and also a blunt, pulpy instrument, a despairing, fully sustained howl of a movie that is easily this director's finest work in years.
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This is one of Schrader's best movies, with a screenplay reworking elements of "Taxi Driver" to ask serious moral questions about modern American Christianity and what, if any, purpose it can serve. Also, this career best work from Ethan Hawke.
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