Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Aug 21, 2013
    83
    For all its abrasiveness, the film is also capable of real tenderness.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Though we're never allowed a close-up, Hofstätter's performance comes off as an unselfconscious tour de force, painfully real and culturally lost.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Aug 14, 2013
    80
    The constant juxtaposition of scenes showing the dark and light aspects of the characters endows the pic with a juicy moral complexity that will stimulate post-screening debates.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Aug 14, 2013
    80
    Laying bare his characters, Seidl uncovers the doubt beneath the armour of religious belief.
  5. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 29, 2013
    75
    Although there are several stretches in the movie in which Seidl seems to be repeating himself, the director is carefully building toward a knock-out final scene in which the inscrutable, often annoying Anna becomes beautifully, poignantly human in front of our eyes, like magic.
  6. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Aug 23, 2013
    75
    Crazy, violent and shocking events go down in Paradise: Faith — events that will startle the devout and non-believers alike — but Austrian director Ulrich Seidl depicts them all with same sort of monotone detachment he uses in the film's more mundane moments.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    Like it or not, Paradise: Faith sticks in your head. The fierce, indelible performance of Ms. Hofstätter, a regular in Mr. Seidl’s films, may make you cringe with revulsion, but it is utterly riveting.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    Seidl could not be clearer in his associations between religion and sex, but in Paradise: Faith, he’s slightly less successful in mining them for greater insights.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 20, 2013
    60
    It’s hard to say if Faith works better as part of a whole instead of a triptych’s single panel until the trilogy is complete, but the unconverted may find this too much of a cross to bear.
  10. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 14, 2013
    60
    This is cinema as decathlon – a string of tribulations to sap your stamina and make your ligaments burn.
  11. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    Aug 14, 2013
    60
    Part two of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy is a stark, morally complex study of blind belief, lightened by black laughs and Seidl’s static, deadpan compositions.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Aug 14, 2013
    60
    There are plenty of Seidl's signature grotesques, extended uncomfortable scenes and hardcore imagery owing something to Lucian Freud and Diane Arbus. But perhaps for the first time there is also a hint of ordinary human heartbreak.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 21, 2013
    58
    A powerful final scene reveals that Seidl knew exactly where he was going. But the journey is stultifyingly static, repeating the same basic information over and over with only negligible variations.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 22, 2013
    40
    With little room to feel for or even understand Anna Maria, Paradise: Faith rarely seems more than high art with low intentions.
  15. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 22, 2013
    38
    Now, here’s the trilogy’s second installment, in which the jolly Austrian makes it clear that women of a certain age do not have his permission to overdo it with religion, either.
  16. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Aug 14, 2013
    38
    A shallow film that leaves us knowing exactly what we're seeing, and able to predict what the characters will say to each other in the mostly uninspired and overtly familiar dialogue.
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  1. Dec 27, 2013
    7
    The second movie of the 'Paradise' trilogy which sets in the summer holiday. Like I said in my previous review all the three stories happen in the same timeline in different locations with different themes and people. This movie which unfolds the story of 'Faith' of a woman in her 50s. And her devotion and affection towards Christ. Be ready to to see drama on a serious subject within a few dark humorous.

    Anna Maria is a nurse in a private hospital. In her summer vacation she begins to do a missionary work as spreading the religious awareness to the people of Austria. Some of her friends' support it by joining the prayer she orange in her home and sometime she goes door to door to every house in her neighborhood. As planned the expedition runs smoothly until her long gone husband return home which shook her. Her real faithful will be tested when he begins to interfere into her work.

    It was quite a nice second movie of the trilogy. It mainly speaks about the honest dedication of a religious stuffs. Sometime clash between another religious showed in the movie was very much true. The director's approach in this second movie was very much artistic. But in scenes where he showed about sex hunger like outdoor orgy and masturbation were totally not understandable. You know, unlike the first movie 'Paradise: Love' I thought it will be exactly opposite and a pure spiritual content story. The director had a different opinion in his mind and mixed with multiple sub-contents. In the end, the ends of both the movies were not much distinct but the audience will be divided especially adult and spiritual theme fans.
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