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.
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 »