Reviews Round-Up: First Reformed - Picturehouse Spotlight

Reviews Round-Up: First Reformed

The reviews are in for Paul Schrader's thrillingly fierce film, First Reformed, in cinemas now.

Opening to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival last year, Schrader’s latest film is a richly complex, beautifully acted and stunningly shot existential thriller which follows a priest who undergoes a crisis of faith after he fails to prevent a tragedy in his parish. Featuring a career-best performance from Ethan Hawke, Schrader’s latest film is a moving, thoughtful and engaging cinematic experience on a par with his best work as a writer and director.

★★★★★ “Paul Schrader’s film is a zinger” – Financial Times

★★★★★ “A serious film for serious minds. Schrader comes full circle with this compelling 21st-century Taxi Driver” – Metro

★★★★ “A return to blistering form for one of US cinema’s most personal, powerful voices” – Empire

★★★★ “Ethan Hawke is razor sharp in this addictive thriller” – Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph

★★★★★“Paul Schrader’s best film for 20 years” – Jamie Graham, Total Film

★★★★★ “Paul Schrader channels Bresson and Bergman in this passionate, intelligent and audacious study” – The Skinny

★★★★★ “Hawke’s mesmerising performance (is) an absolute career best.” – Little White Lies

“Paul Schrader’s powerful new drama…is conceived in austere and intelligent good taste; beautifully made” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“A masterpiece” – K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair

★★★★★ HeyUGuys
★★★★  Empire
★★★★ Radio Times
★★★★ The List
★★★★ The Hollywood News
★★★★ The Upcoming

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