Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 17, 2013
    83
    Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 17, 2013
    60
    Despite its pictorial intensity and the extremity of some of its scenes, the film proceeds in a mood of detachment, turning the suffering physical beings under its scrutiny into abstractions.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 15, 2013
    40
    The promise Dumont once showed has ossified into unholy shtick.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 15, 2013
    58
    The problem with Outside Satan is that the filmmaker has remained faithful to expectations without enlivening them. It's a curious exercise unworthy of his expertise, but then he may realize as much.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jan 15, 2013
    80
    Devotees of Dumont's earlier films – particularly his 1999 film "Humanity" – will instantly recognise the style, the locale, the narrative, the bizarre quasi-realism, in which events take place in a world infinitesimally different from the one we inhabit. As ever, the visionary, radioactive glow is compelling.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jan 18, 2013
    70
    Strange and uncompromisingly personal. It's also vivid and unforgettable.
  7. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 15, 2013
    80
    Bleak and compelling.
  8. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Jan 14, 2013
    75
    Bruno Dumont's employment of his bucolic French backdrop here attends to Hors Satan's muddying spiritual ambiguity.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike D Angelo
    Jan 16, 2013
    58
    As its title suggests, Satan grapples with the existence and nature of evil in the world, but it's hard to take such weighty matters seriously when they're explored with all the subtlety and grace of an anti-abortion pamphlet.
  10. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    Jan 15, 2013
    70
    Ultimately less an arty provocation than a secular invocation, Outside Satan seems almost helplessly exploratory, an honest account of groping for grace.
  11. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jan 15, 2013
    60
    The vagueness won't win Dumont new fans, but his enigmatic allegory of intertwined good and evil does linger in the mind.

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