Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 30, 2013
    100
    It’s a near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy as a master-and-servant psychodrama, one that leaves catastrophic collateral damage in its wake.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 15, 2013
    90
    At this finely tooled tragedy’s core towers Emilie Dequenne, no longer the feral young thing seen in 1999′s “Rosetta,” but a trapped animal pushed to devastating extremes.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 19, 2013
    90
    This is a film as powerful as it is painful.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 8, 2013
    90
    This is a taut psychological study, based on a true story, of the complexities of personal power relationships that begins with the kind of shattering revelation that would be the conclusion of most films.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 1, 2013
    90
    Much like the Dardennes, Mr. Joachim holds to the truth that the personal is political, which is why this isn’t simply a movie about a woman and an unspeakable crime, but also an exploration of the power and cruelty that brought her to that very dark place.

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