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  • Summary: Julian lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drugs smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed their mother, Jenna, arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian’s contacts in the criminalJulian lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drugs smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed their mother, Jenna, arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian’s contacts in the criminal underworld lead him directly to The Angel of Vengeance, a retired police officer. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 39
  2. Negative: 19 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Jul 29, 2013
    100
    Experimental and uncompromising, Winding Refn and Gosling’s Drive follow-up is a tripped-out riff on the crime family movie in which The Grifters — literally — go to hell.
  2. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Jul 15, 2013
    75
    It takes the basic form of the revenge flick and dips it in tar, making for a movie that comes out sticky, nasty, and black.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 16, 2013
    60
    Crushingly, the dependably perverse art-action director Nicolas Winding Refn has finally made a boring movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Jul 15, 2013
    40
    However mystifying, or downright boring, you find the result, rest assured that the Refn faithful will swoon. Peace be with them.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 17, 2013
    30
    Long after Only God Forgives concludes, only its scuzziness remains. This artistic misfire will forever be knocking on heaven’s door.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 18, 2013
    25
    The innovation of Refn’s latest is mostly just in the way it manages to merge gory and boring. At least it’s created a new movie adjective for me: goring.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 16, 2013
    0
    In Cannes, one wag described it as “cinematic defecation” in print. I’d like to top that one, but as James Agee used to say, I know when I’m licked.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 82
  2. Negative: 33 out of 82
  1. Jul 19, 2013
    10
    Only God Forgives directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, an intense film, aesthetically perfect with beautiful colors, beautiful performances, aOnly God Forgives directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, an intense film, aesthetically perfect with beautiful colors, beautiful performances, a directorial no flaws, a wonderful movie, perfect, a beautiful soundtrack, not a fim suitable for everyone though.
    This is the real masterpiece of Refn.
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  2. Jan 27, 2015
    10
    A divisive film. Love it or hate it. It's dream-like noir cinematography is undeniably masterly. Reminded me of the best movie moments fromA divisive film. Love it or hate it. It's dream-like noir cinematography is undeniably masterly. Reminded me of the best movie moments from Martin Scorcese, David Lynch, Jonathan Glazer or Sergio Leone. What was most brilliant was it's narrative style - perfectly unfolding, revealing, enthralling, emotionally satisfying right until the last frame. Yes it is violent, but the violence always served the story. The main themes of ethics and retribution felt so right. Gosling played the perfect anti-hero and his nemesis Pansringham is one of the most compellingly bad-ass cops in movie history - horrific and honourable in equal measures. A masterpiece Expand
  3. Dec 19, 2013
    8
    This revenge tale is a little bit brutal and a little bit surreal. Director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling reunite for thisThis revenge tale is a little bit brutal and a little bit surreal. Director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling reunite for this visually dense look at the underbelly of Bangkok. Kristin Scott Thomas gives a perversely funny, as well as sad, portrayal of Billy and Julian's mother. However it is Thai actor Vithaya Pansringarm that steals the show. This film is eerie, atmospheric, ambiguous, stylish, sparse for me, every one of those describes a positive trait of the film. The critics may not love it, but I sure did! Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    4
    Beautiful colors, beautiful music, beautiful shots, beautiful actors. Isn't this a lovely way to waste an hour and half watching a movie withBeautiful colors, beautiful music, beautiful shots, beautiful actors. Isn't this a lovely way to waste an hour and half watching a movie with nothing going on, interrupted only periodically with some senseless violence and culminating of course with nothing? Meh. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2014
    3
    As a follow-up to the incomparable Drive from 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn has left us confused and disappointed. Only God Forgives features anAs a follow-up to the incomparable Drive from 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn has left us confused and disappointed. Only God Forgives features an even more speechless Ryan Gosling amidst an odd southern Asian noir. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2013
    2
    A film gushing with art direction with no actual substance to compliment it. Between the little to no dialogue and the slow motion walkingA film gushing with art direction with no actual substance to compliment it. Between the little to no dialogue and the slow motion walking between rooms it becomes a drag, and by the end unintentionally funny. Scott Thomas provides the only window of entertainment in this movie as an incestuous wack a doodle of a mother. Other than that, this movie is just a headache. Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2013
    0
    Highly disappointed in this movie. It's a chick flick pretending to be some crime/ drama. Every time the camera is on Gosling it pauses,Highly disappointed in this movie. It's a chick flick pretending to be some crime/ drama. Every time the camera is on Gosling it pauses, there is very little dialect the whole movie. This director tried to be "artistic" or something, but ending up ruining a movie. I was bored with it the first 15 minutes, kept watching, I wish I would have shut it off in the first 15, the ending was fuzzy,didn't make any sense, anyway a bore of a movie, I highly recommend if you have trouble sleeping, otherwise stay away. Expand

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