Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Jul 25, 2012
    100
    Alps has proven Lanthimos to be one of the most fascinating filmmakers anywhere right now.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 13, 2012
    88
    The movie focuses tightly and obviously on role playing, but the most unsettling observations concern how fragile it all is - our health, our minds, our denial of death.
  3. Reviewed by: Fernando F. Croce
    Jul 10, 2012
    88
    Both a companion piece to and in many ways a reversal of "Dogtooth," it builds on that film's surreally terse style and notions of communication and identity without diluting its singularity or concentration.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jul 13, 2012
    80
    The climax errs on the side of the overwrought and overdetermined, like an earnest adolescent's first attempt at a short story. And yet Papoulia's extraordinary performance lingers, as does the film's provocative existential fog.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 10, 2012
    80
    Puzzling and provocative, Alps has a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.
  6. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Jul 10, 2012
    80
    Follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he's going.
  7. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 11, 2012
    75
    With "Dogtooth," the point was: Don't try this at home. Now, the expanded lesson is: Don't try this anywhere.
  8. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jul 10, 2012
    75
    Alps, in spite of its title, is a very flat film, from the shallow focus photography, to the actors' monotone delivery.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    The film takes some deciphering, but once a viewer cracks its code Alps opens up into something expansive and rich. Part of what makes Lanthimos so uniquely masterful is that he remains in control while refusing to point toward any singular interpretation.
  10. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jul 12, 2012
    70
    Like "Dogtooth," Alps works by systematically unsettling our sense of what is normal and habitual in human interactions.
  11. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 11, 2012
    67
    Lanthimos' skill at orchestrating these tense, creepy, shockingly funny setpieces is just as evident here as it was in "Dogtooth," but too much of Alps is left vague.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 5, 2012
    63
    A film peculiar beyond all understanding, based on a premise that begs belief. It takes itself with agonizing seriousness, and although it has the form of a parable, I am at a loss to guess its meaning. Yet I was drawn hypnotically into the weirdness.
  13. 60
    The premise is fetching and feels like a mystery, particularly as the film orchestrates its story to make the work of the Alps group seem like a kind of heist.
  14. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 23, 2012
    50
    A strange story. A strange world. And strange characters doing even stranger things.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 10, 2012
    50
    It's quibbling to draw up columns denoting what Lanthimos, a difficult but undeniable talent, does right and does wrong. He's seemingly working intuitively here, and whatever missteps he makes while feeling his way forward, he manages to pass quite near to one of the essential conundrums of being human.
  16. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jul 10, 2012
    50
    The cumulative force of the screenplay and Yorgos Mavropsaridis' editing is not as hypnotic as in "Dogtooth," perhaps in part because those familiar with Lanthimos' m.o. will know what to expect.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 21, 2013
    7
    Giorgos Lanthimos has yet again made a film that people who watch it would want to talk about it. He is a filmmaker with his own distinctive particular style, that exposes issues in a way that leaves us gasping for more. Full Review »
  2. Jul 24, 2012
    7
    A KVIFF screening, from the young and talented Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos, a follow-up of DOGTOOTH (2009), which was a dark horse nominee of Oscar Full Review »