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Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

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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: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    May 2, 2014
    100
    Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, Ida would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 22, 2014
    100
    One of the year's gems.
  3. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Dec 16, 2014
    100
    This compact masterpiece has the curt definition and the finality of a reckoning—a reckoning in which anger and mourning blend together.
  4. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jun 11, 2014
    89
    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
    83
    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. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 29, 2014
    80
    Agata Kulesza is pitch-perfect as the tortured aunt, weighed down by years of shame and sorrow. In a quieter but equally impactful role is newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska as Ida, a character defined by a quiet, rigid stoicism but who, with her cherubic face, engenders great empathy.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 29, 2014
    60
    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: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    Is just amazing what Pawlikowski did with this simple story. The performances are amazing, and the fact that is shooted in black & white givesIs just amazing what Pawlikowski did with this simple story. The performances are amazing, and the fact that is shooted in black & white gives this movie something amazing. Poland's entry for the Academy Awards is worth. Expand
  2. Jul 1, 2014
    10
    A rare gem of a film that shows you the surface and allows you to plumb the depths in your own mind. A novitiate is told to visit herA rare gem of a film that shows you the surface and allows you to plumb the depths in your own mind. A novitiate is told to visit her (previously unknown) Aunt by her Mother Superior. Reluctant, but obedient she visits the woman and finds her world over turned. Abandoned as a child to a Catholic Orphanage she has her unknown history revealed, born Jewish to a family killed by the local Poles, and all it's property stolen. We see little of what she thinks of all of this revelation, the film focuses mainly on the Aunt's transparent rage , grief, and guilt. The choices Ida makes next are not what many viewer's might wish, but the Director rules. Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2014
    10
    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 tragedyA 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
  4. Dec 3, 2014
    9
    "Ida" is a beautifully shot, perfectly acted and simply scripted Polish drama about a young nun who discovered drom her debaucherous aunt that"Ida" is a beautifully shot, perfectly acted and simply scripted Polish drama about a young nun who discovered drom her debaucherous aunt that she is Jewish and her parents died under mysterious circumstances. I would say this movie defiantly has a guaranteed oscar nomination with Best Foreign Film but I would support its nomination for Best Cinemantography and Best Director. The mood and editing style of this film perfectly resemble the characters emotions and the society of post-war Europe. However, in the middleit runs a bit slow. It is very clever and one of the best films I've seen this year. 9/10. Expand
  5. Lyn
    Oct 26, 2014
    8
    The director of "Ida" says with a modest amount of glee -- in one of the "extras" -- that he knows some of his decisions will leave hisThe director of "Ida" says with a modest amount of glee -- in one of the "extras" -- that he knows some of his decisions will leave his audience a little frustrated. That is true! The interaction between the young, soon-to-be nun and her world-weary, alcoholic chain-smoking aunt is fascinating. As with everything else, it unfolds slowly and quietly. But the women, together and separately, raise questions for which you may not find answers. It's interesting that the director also said he did NOT mean for the characters to be historical/political symbols. The stark B&W backdrops and the expressions on their faces tell you all that he wanted to say; you're left with your own thoughts about what happened next. Expand
  6. Aug 29, 2014
    7
    With its technical specs like 1.33:1 aspect ratio and posh Black & White cinematography, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's fifth featureWith 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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  7. Jul 8, 2014
    0
    boring, not engaging, extremely over praised. critics are so desperate for something that's not total junk, they go berserk when a film has aboring, 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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