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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 31, 2013
    90
    Bastards is a thriller truly etched in darkness, pools of black broken mostly by the stricken yet soldiering faces of her main characters, like ships in a sea of stormy nights.
  2. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Oct 8, 2013
    88
    Conditioning the audience to find dread in every seemingly innocent gesture, the film turns even the simplest touch between family members into something tinged with menace.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Even at its most opaque, Bastards always exerts a dreamlike pull rooted in Denis’ rhythmic layerings of image, sound and music.
  4. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Because genre lets us know roughly what to expect, it can put us at ease, which is the last thing Denis wants to do. So she leaves questions hanging and mysteries unsolved.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 25, 2013
    67
    The Bastards feels like what happens when an undeniably great filmmaker stoops to sensationalism -- it’s a smarter, odder film than someone else would make with the same material, but it’s still smart, odd sensationalism.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    May 25, 2013
    60
    A stylishly made but unyielding drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 25, 2013
    40
    Denis's drama intrigues more than it actually delivers...Sleight of hand is all well and good. But sooner or later a film must pay up.

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