Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    Mr. Loznitsa doesn’t lighten the mood with any familiar filmmaking tricks: there are, for instance, no musical cues to guide you over the troubling or ambiguous passages. Like the characters, you work through each surprising turn.
  2. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 20, 2013
    100
    This is a masterpiece of serious cinema; long, slow and grave as the grave.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    Intimate in the telling, sweeping in the implications, Loznitsa has created an unusually incisive film.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    May 20, 2013
    90
    In the Fog explores the moralities of wartime with restraint and exacting execution.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 11, 2013
    80
    In the Fog has the inevitability of an avalanche, and only our overfamilarity with Nazi-tribulation scenarios, and perhaps its excessively punctuated ending, could slow it down. A better anti-summer blockbuster is hard to imagine.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    May 20, 2013
    80
    It's a stark vision of humanity in a hellish world. Tough and thought-provoking.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    May 20, 2013
    80
    The film repays patient viewing as it evolves into an engrossing, nuanced, philosophical drama.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 20, 2013
    80
    In the Fog is an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 9, 2013
    75
    As remorseless in style as it is in message, In the Fog offers little hope and few pleasures, but earns admiration for its elegant exploration of the lowest depths of the human condition.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 20, 2013
    75
    In the Fog develops an unearthly spell that largely makes up for its cerebral pace.
  11. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 13, 2013
    63
    If the movie has a star, it may be cinematographer Oleg Mutu, the Romanian who lensed “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” and “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days.” Even when the pace wanes, the images are still gripping.
  12. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Jun 13, 2013
    63
    Sergei Loznitsa occasionally writes his ideas too explicitly in the film's dialogue, though he makes up for this by deftly employing some ironic symbolism elsewhere.
  13. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 11, 2013
    60
    Loznitsa would have done better to embrace the story’s enigmas as opposed to explicate them.
  14. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Jun 7, 2013
    60
    The film strips away ideas of heroism mercilessly.
  15. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    May 20, 2013
    60
    This philosophical war film is impressive and thought provoking but it’s also too restrained and pensive to ever completely connect.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 11, 2013
    7
    It is a bit slow, particularly for an American viewer; it is more in line with European cinematographic tradition of discovering the mainIt is a bit slow, particularly for an American viewer; it is more in line with European cinematographic tradition of discovering the main character's inner world through portrayal of their everyday life, whatever it is; not just an action. Even when there is an action, it is not a non-stop one. Something quite dramatic happens and there is a pause, just like in life. It allows to reflect on what has occurred and how you presented yourself and how you are going to live from this point on. Full Review »
  2. Jul 14, 2013
    8
    This is a psychological drama that takes place in occupied Belarus during World War II. The movie is very slow (a bit too slow for my liking)This is a psychological drama that takes place in occupied Belarus during World War II. The movie is very slow (a bit too slow for my liking) but dramatic, thought provoking and filled with emotions. The main character faces moral choices where there are no good solutions and no escape. Full Review »