Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Nov 13, 2013
    100
    It manages to convey a desire for power in abstract terms, divorced from material gain or a need to be admired. What’s more, it manages to do it with energy and a good deal of weird humor.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 14, 2013
    90
    The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind — and perhaps to blow it — long after it’s over.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 12, 2013
    80
    Often, Faust plays like a lost cousin to Andrei Tarkovsky’s haunted Stalker (1979), catnip for the slow-and-low crowd. Settle in, because this requires your charity, but you’ll dream it all back up the next night.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Nov 12, 2013
    80
    Faust is not your great-granddaddy's selling-your-soul fable, but something new, a dreamy immersion into the messiness of myth, where hubris and desire can get lost in the chaos of time and retelling.
  5. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Nov 2, 2013
    80
    This is far from a dull, academic work and the fast-paced talk is matched by swiftly changing scenes full of vibrant visuals. Life bubbles out of each frame in a grungy, foul-smelling rush.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Nov 2, 2013
    80
    Alexander Sokurov’s riff on Goethe’s tragedy is a bewildering but blazingly styled fever-dream epic.
  7. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Nov 15, 2013
    75
    Indeed, compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 2, 2013
    75
    As usual, the director is a wizard at camera movement and more than willing to plunge his audience into unpleasantness.
  9. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Nov 17, 2013
    67
    If there are strokes of genius in this film, they are buried deep under the grime of the aesthetics and the unrelenting dialogue that never seems to stop for air.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Nov 12, 2013
    63
    Though its ballast of jokes and spectacle are formidable, it often lurches about at a remote, enigmatic distance
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Nov 15, 2013
    60
    German history and culture are among Sokurov's concerns in this visually compelling, intellectually scattershot movie.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Nov 2, 2013
    60
    This Faust is part bad dream, part music-less opera: sometimes muted and numb, though with hallucinatory flashes of fear.
  13. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Nov 2, 2013
    60
    It has a rigorous, even unrelenting, grey, green and brown palette and, narratively, it’s tough to penetrate.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Nov 14, 2013
    40
    Freely adapted from Goethe’s two-part play, Sokurov’s Faust is a work of crushing tedium, relieved only by the spare moments of beauty that pop out like dandelions in a washed-out landscape of oppression and grotesquerie.
  15. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Nov 2, 2013
    40
    [A] film with a maddeningly opaque narrative and a brutalizing cascade of nonstop verbiage.
  16. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 21, 2013
    30
    Alexander Sokurov's Faust is a grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 4, 2013
    9
    Audacious, outrageous and pretty brilliant, Sokurov's FAUST is like a Bruegel painting come to life but then the director continually skews reality through rapid lens and color changes. The film is at once realistic and totally artificial. Recalling the dictates and style of German regie theater, Sokurov brings the aesthetic to film brilliantly. But unlike Goethe's source material in which knowledge is gold, Sokurov takes us into a world in which life and death don't really matter. Knowledge and stupidly are equally unimportant and nothing has any meaning. FAUST is a challenging and rewarding film that dazzles in its pessimism. Full Review »