REVIEW ROUNDUP: MARRIAGE STORY AND THE REPORT

There are two new releases at the Irish Film Institute on Friday November 15th 2019: Marriage Story and The Report.

Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind!

MARRIAGE STORY
“Marriage Story finds humour in the worst scenarios and hope in the most uncivil dissolutions. It’s a wonder. It is Baumbach’s best film.”
5/5 – Irish Times

“Soars free of its autobiographical moorings to create a failed romance that seems painfully, touchingly real.”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“Johansson has never been smarter or more charismatic than in this film, and Driver’s great Easter Island statue face was never more alluring. Run, don’t walk, to any cinema showing this.”
5/5 – Guardian

“It’s a film of devastating cumulative power, even-handed and empathetic in its approach to two characters whose relationship has broken down, but who still want the best for their child and each other.”
5/5 – Little White Lies

“Marriage Story is an emotionally lacerating experience, a nearly flawless elegy for a beautifully flawed couple, a broken-family classic to set beside Kramer vs. Kramer and Fanny and Alexander…”
LA Times

“How does a small tale of a broken marriage emerge as a major triumph and one of the very best movies of the year? When it’s the best film yet from Baumbach with career highs from Driver and Johansson. It’ll take a piece out of you”
4.5/5 – Rolling Stone

“A powerful reminder that every breakup story looks familiar until it happens to you, and then the truth hurts.”
indieWire

“Baumbach’s best yet.”
Hollywood Reporter

“It’s the work of a major film artist, one who shows that he can capture life in all its emotional detail and complexity – and, in the process, make a piercing statement about how our society now works.”
Variety

THE REPORT
“Directed by Scott Z. Burns, The Report’s tense, flat style is clearly inspired by All the President’s Men: it’s not as good as that, but is well worth watching.”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“[T]he film… is merciless in exposing the brutality and almost comic ineptitude of the CIA’s so-called EIT programme (it didn’t work).”
4/5 – Times

“[A]n enraging true story that zips along in spite of Burns’s dense script.”
Observer

“A sense of quiet fury courses throughout the narrative, but we never see that explode onto the screen, and it’s a more interesting, thoughtful film for it.”
Little White Lies 

“A large-scale saga of corruption, justice, and overwhelming relevance that’s at once gripping and eye-opening, even if you’re the sort of news junkie who thinks they already know the story.”
Variety

“Scott Z. Burns’ drama about the CIA’s torture program plays like a great journalism thriller with a stunning lead performance from Adam Driver.”
Collider

“Guided by the fierce, fully committed performances of Driver and Bening,The Report is a bristling reminder that truth still matters.”
4/5 – Rolling Stone

 

 


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