Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Dumont's cinematic style is aggressively physical and philosophical at the same time. It irritates as many viewers as it inspires, but it prompts more thought than ordinary movies ever do.
  2. A beautiful and compassionate work, at once stark, sensory and spiritually grasping, that challenges us to forgive even the most monstrous sins.
  3. A film of stunning impact.
  4. 90
    Audiences willing to wade knee deep in the muck and mire of the human abyss are advised to seek out Humanité at the local arthouse.
  5. You probably won't feel comfortable when Humanité is over, but as you leave the theater you will feel more alive than when you entered.
  6. Dumont's film is unfinished in the sense that some paintings are.
  7. 90
    It's a haunting, hypnotic film that exerts an escalating grip on the heart and the conscience.
  8. Staggering, gorgeously ambiguous.
  9. 88
    Not an easy film and is for those few moviegoers who approach a serious movie almost in the attitude of prayer.
  10. 84
    Dumont's movie has virtually nothing wrong with it -- aside from the fact that it drives people crazy. Take the leap, but expect no answers. Just like life, as they say.
  11. It ought to be seen, because it's a work of moral and spiritual mystery.
  12. Humanite isn't like any other film: It's uncompromising, eerily affecting and wildly unresolved.
  13. 67
    Frustrating, tedious and yet often compelling.
  14. While Dumont's movie has its striking scenes, it is doomed to a sense of lethargy and inertia by the kind of people it ponders and the context in which they are placed.
  15. Reviewed by: Hanna Brown
    Maddeningly pretentious and often slow to the point of tedium, Humanite is also hauntingly original and truly strange.
  16. Reviewed by: Other - Staff
    Under that small but growing category of movies that break the mold but that no one but a masochist could sit through is Humanité.
  17. 50
    If only the whole thing didn't collapse in on itself, and quickly become a parody of artistic reach and terminal folly.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    This curiously empty film was awarded the Jury Prize at the 1997 Cannes film festival.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Don't ask us why this minimalist drama won prizes last year at Cannes or why it is getting raves in its U.S. release.

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