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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: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    May 2, 2014
    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
    One of the year's gems.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 30, 2014
    A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Cutler
    Apr 29, 2014
    Ida unfolds partly as chamber play and partly as road movie, following the two women on a search for their dead beloveds' anonymous graves.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 1, 2014
    Both actresses are extraordinary, but Kulesza — bitter, sarcastic and tragic — carries the movie’s soul.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 3, 2014
    Just as austere and demanding as you'd expect a black-and-white film about a Polish nun to be. Don't let that scare you, though.
  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: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  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. Jun 28, 2014
    A young woman, who was raised in a convent, is sent to meet her only relative before taking her vows. Her trip reveals details about her past that change her life. This film is shot in black and white with a penchant for placing people low in static frames. Everything happens slowly, with the type of solemn, somber tone that Europeans embrace in their cinema. This approach may appeal to those who appreciate the deliberate pace and quiet observations. In Polish with subtitles. 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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