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  • Summary: Poland, 1962. Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), an eighteen-year-old novitiate nun is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 1, 2014
    There is an implicit argument here between faith and materialism, one that is resolved with wit, conviction and generosity of spirit. Mr. Pawlikowski has made one of the finest European films (and one of most insightful films about Europe, past and present) in recent memory.
  2. Reviewed by: Kiva Reardon
    May 11, 2014
    Favouring long takes over didactic scripting, Pawlikowski lets his powerful imagery carry the film.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 30, 2014
    A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.
  4. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jun 11, 2014
    There’s a definite austerity to the storytelling, which is enhanced by the crisp black-and-white cinematography by Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Apr 29, 2014
    If it does suffer slightly from an overall lack of urgency that will mean those looking for a more directly emotive experience may find it hard to engage with, the more patient viewer has rewards in store that are rich and rare indeed.
  6. 80
    The movie’s chill is hard to shake off. It’s a grimly potent portrait of repression, of what happens to a society that buries its past in an unmarked grave — and lives its present in a state of corrosive denial.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 29, 2014
    It’s one thing to set up a striking black-and-white composition and quite another to draw people into it, and dialing things back as much as this film does risks losing the vast majority of viewers along the way, offering an intellectual exercise in lieu of an emotional experience to all but the most rarefied cineastes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Jun 23, 2014
    The brilliance of Ida exists within its understated elegance, which both belies its weighty subject matter and showcases it, layering themes of contrast and burden throughout the film to great effect. Expand
  2. Jun 15, 2014
    A splendid film about subjects done a million times before – coming of age (but this time it’s a young Catholic novice) and the Jewish tragedy of WW2 and its consequences, but in Poland. Done in black and white (yes, with subtitles), each shot was beautifully framed (I kept thinking of early Polanski), the actresses were riveting, and the audience dead silent and totally engaged. This is a deeply emotional gem with a profound sense of existential mystery. Expand
  3. May 4, 2014
    great film - it's simple yet powerful, classic yet modern, little yet expansive. deals with important issues of religion, holocaust, relationship and choices in life. Although the decision of the main character was not exercised enough, "Ida" felt too short. Expand
  4. May 3, 2014
    A pretty amazing little movie. Peeling the layers of the story back is done in an elegant, quiet way. The actress playing Ida is fantastic, but the woman playing her Aunt is the real showstopper here. So much complexity in such a relatively short film. Well worth seeing. Expand
  5. Aug 29, 2014
    With its technical specs like 1.33:1 aspect ratio and posh Black & White cinematography, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's fifth feature film IDA, gains an instant art house recognition albeit its pithy 82-minute running time.

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  6. Sep 11, 2014
    I have to say I was more than a little curious when I read the storyline. But the film, as it unfolds is just okay!
    Not on my list of
    recommendations! Expand
  7. Jul 8, 2014
    boring, not engaging, extremely over praised. critics are so desperate for something that's not total junk, they go berserk when a film has a cinematic/thoughtful quality. this one certainly had a multi-layered potentially intriguing story. beautiful b+w cinematography, too. but nothing to draw me into the story. take the 80 min and rewatch a bresson, tarkovsky, or dreyer film. Expand

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