Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Jul 7, 2014
    An impassioned, fly-on-the-wall look at a serious social issue.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    May 25, 2013
    A stylishly made but unyielding drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 22, 2013
    Style can't fully compensate for a tale that, underneath its gorgeous affectations, proves undercooked, especially during a third act that provides duly titillating answers to its initially beguiling mysteries.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 25, 2013
    Bogged down by flashbacks and flash forwards, The Bastards pointlessly mixes up its ingredients, creating a distancing effect from the tangible sadness at its core. The result is the rare case of a movie that confirms its maker's skill while wasting it on useless ambition.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 25, 2013
    An oblique, by-design and frustrating drama, Claire Denis’ film about a man’s mysterious suicide and its repercussions is creepy, but finally too vague.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 25, 2013
    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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