Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Feb 26, 2013
    Lore is a rare, wonderful film that works not just as surface entertainment, but has deeper historical meaning, as well as an even grander, more universal statement.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Feb 13, 2013
    Lore belongs in the inspiration-and-control camp. It makes dizzying flourishes out of moments that would pass as filler in other films.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 9, 2013
    It’s a remarkable accomplishment.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 7, 2013
    Shortland, whose only previous feature was 2004's coming-of-age drama "Somersault," creates a visceral, immersive environment and draws a very impressive performance from newcomer Saskia Rosendahl.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 7, 2013
    The film sustains an air of overarching mystery in which the viewer, like the title character, is in the position of a sheltered child plunked into an alien environment and required to fend for herself without a map or compass.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 14, 2013
    By the end of their arduous journey, Lore and her siblings are changed. But it's the kind of change that will take years, perhaps generations, to understand, to heal.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 7, 2013
    I’m not sure Lore holds up to repeated viewings — Shortland’s style is so feverish it could quickly turn precious — but it demands to be seen at least once.
  8. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Feb 8, 2013
    The climax Shortland offers us is much harder to take than Seiffert's gentler vision, yet far more evocative of the bitter price paid by the children of the Third Reich for the sins of their parents.
  9. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 8, 2013
    The images captured by cinematographer Adam Arkapaw are more dreamy than nightmarish as if his camera — like the children — doesn't fully understand the dangers.
  10. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 13, 2013
    This striking, slow-building drama from Cate Shortland uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. May 18, 2013
    Very well made film with a refreshing take on WWII. The strongest element of the film is how it is shot, there is beauty found in every frame. The story moves along at a good pace, filled with tension. Performances are good, especially from a mostly young cast, however the central character of Lore, played excellently by Saskia Lumenthal, was quite frustrating; there were moments where she needed a kick up the backside. Ultimately though, this is an impressive film. Full Review »
  2. Apr 7, 2013
    This movie plods along and is very frustrating. Probably historically authentic poorly done writing and direction. This movie tries to show the dilemma between Nazi Germany and Jews, but can't seem to get out of its own way. I left the theater thinking I will never get this time back... Full Review »
  3. Dec 24, 2013
    This movie is brilliant but beware if you like your films wrapped up in a nice bow with good guys and bad guys carefully identified look elsewhere
    For those of us who realize that life is grey and never black & white it is great story-telling
    Subtle slow methodical building through-out.
    Yes the young jew is never fleshed out that is a conscious decision for pete's sake he represents the faceless nameless millions of jews slaughtered in the camps.
    I could go on and on about the artistic choices yes there is cut-away to nature once again a choice contrasting the children with uncaring, always going on nature it doesn't care that there has been a war that the kids may die it just is an existential presence throughout -see any of Malik's films for heaven's sake.
    Anyway brilliant and moving see it think about if it does not haunt you you're a moron
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