October Films | Release Date: November 13, 1996 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
76
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 28 Critics
Positive:
21
Mixed:
5
Negative:
2
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100
Not only one of the best films of the year, it's one of the best films of the decade.
100
A movie about the passions of simple people, and it's done with such extraordinary empathy and commitment that it all but pulls you under. [29 November 1996, Friday, p.A]
80
This long, sometimes hard-to-watch movie is a challenge, but it has authority and raw power.
70
Whether or not Breaking the Waves succeeds as a profound work is something that's hard to say after one viewing, but it is certainly a wholly original piece of work.
50
The longer the movie drones on, the queasier it gets. [6 June 1997, Life, p.3D]
40
It was a bleak allegory -- a desperate, sullen, and moderately sick tale.
30
For this mortal, the film converts piety into pathology and then converts it back again at the end with a Song of Bernadette conclusion. I don't know what the title means. I do know that this ridiculous film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.[ Dec. 9, 1996]