Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 100
    Enigmatic as it is, The Intruder dares us to see movies as visual marvels tethered to humanity.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film is surprisingly satisfying and meaningful.
  3. The texture and intensity of the odyssey makes it spellbinding.
  4. 100
    For Denis’ film - which may be her most intricately constructed and intensely beautiful to date - is one that transcends words and stories, a movie to be felt rather than rationalized.
  5. 100
    The Intruder, is a decisive breakthrough--her (Claire Denis) most poetic and primal film to date, as thrilling as it is initially baffling.
  6. 100
    Never has Denis demanded so much from audiences as with this shimmering enigma, at once intimate and epic, but it's worth the effort and then some.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. CarlosI.
    Feb 17, 2007
    This is the second worst international film I have ever seen. The worst one was "Tequila 5" Incredibly erratic and baffling plot. Continuity errors in many scenes, lack of logic with unexplained disjointed violent scenes. This is one of those movies that "enligthened" snobs will advertise as poetic or surrealist, but I just see that the Emperor has no clothes. Full Review »
  2. Wm
    Aug 20, 2006
    If you crave any sort of narrative thread, certainty, or literal message this film wil probably annoy you. If, instead, you surrender to Denis' fascinating storytelling, allow the gorgeous cinematography to saturate you and cherish the gaps in understanding that give the film its meaning then you'll emerge from viewing this as one does after falling fully clothed into a river with an erratic and often powerful current: grateful, disturbed and breathless. Life, like "The Intruder," isn't Cartesian. Get over it and get with it. Full Review »
  3. msic
    Mar 23, 2006
    Possibly Denis' most eliptical film, and that's saying something. It's clearly not for everybody. But it's captivating even when it doesn't make conventional "sense." It's more like a death-dream, really. And Agnes Godard's cinematography is succulent as usual. A fine farewell to the late, great Wellspring. Full Review »