The Turin Horse

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 10, 2012
    100
    A sumptuous masterpiece by one of the greatest moviemakers of all time.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 9, 2012
    100
    The movie is too beautiful to be described as an ordeal, but it is sufficiently intense and unyielding that when it is over, you may feel, along with awe, a measure of relief. Which may sound like a reason to stay away, but is exactly the opposite.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 8, 2012
    100
    The Turin Horse has a burnished beauty that's awe-inspiring, like a clear window into a faraway world as it dangles, and then falls, off the precipice.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 3, 2012
    100
    Béla Tarr is the cinema's greatest crafter of total environments and in The Turin Horse, working in his most restricted physical setting since 1984's Almanac of Fall, he (along with co-director Ágnes Hranitzky) dials up one of his most vividly immersive milieus.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 28, 2012
    88
    The Turin Horse is in a very gray black and white. It looks the same way it feels: bleak, pure, forbidding, transfixing. Watching it, frankly, can be a bit of an ordeal. There's hardly anything in The Turin Horse you would describe as entertaining, but there is a very great deal that's beautiful and absorbing.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Feb 15, 2012
    85
    The Turin Horse is an absolute vision, masterly and enveloping in a way that less personal, more conventional movies are not. The film doesn't seduce; it commands.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Wigley
    May 26, 2012
    80
    Tarr risks self-parody with recurring scenes of the pair tucking into scalding potatoes, but if you've got the stomach for it this is an intoxicating vision of life at the end of its tether.
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 1, 2012
    80
    Starkly beautiful and exceedingly demanding, The Turin Horse, which Hungarian master Béla Tarr has said will be his last film, is both easy and impossible to define.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 7, 2012
    80
    An experience comparable to starting down the road with an empty sack then, over the course of the journey, having it weighed down steadily with rocks until you can't go on. But this backbreaking effect cannot be called an artistic failure. It is exactly what Tarr sets out to achieve.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 3, 2012
    80
    Though ripe for metaphorical interpretation, the slender setup, about the fate of a horse seen beaten in the streets, gives arthouse audiences little to cling to, and will provide institutional and fest programmers a test-of-wills head-scratcher for their calendars.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 9, 2012
    70
    I left the theater oddly exhilarated - to see daylight again was so great! - and, odder still, eager to see it again (although perhaps not today). Tarr's films can be arduous, even wrenching, but they're not boring. Watching them is something like visiting the world's most fantastic art museum and taking an ice-cold shower, both at the same time.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 2, 2012
    8
    I don't agree with Cabrita, but maybe just 'cause i've been watching a lot of Tarr's movies, this is the last (or so he said) and so the end,I don't agree with Cabrita, but maybe just 'cause i've been watching a lot of Tarr's movies, this is the last (or so he said) and so the end, and what an end (of the world).
    I personally prefer other movies of his, Satantango and Werkmeister Harmonies are some of those, but this is still a good one
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  2. Aug 28, 2015
    10
    I love the way how this film works: with slow takes that let us time to think in each scene carefuly.
    The cinematography is absolutely
    I love the way how this film works: with slow takes that let us time to think in each scene carefuly.
    The cinematography is absolutely outstanding.
    This is a film that opposes to the popcorn movies that surround cinemas in each corner of the planet, is a film that takes pacience, pacience that is rewarded with no doubt.
    It's a contemplation movie. A melancholic movie.
    He's a slowly crescendo about the end of everything: in other words a masterpiece made by Béla Tarr.
    A modern classic.
    It's art.
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  3. Mar 3, 2013
    7
    I had a problem with its symbolic aesthetics, since it rarely provides opportunities for self-reflective projection. However, it can't beI had a problem with its symbolic aesthetics, since it rarely provides opportunities for self-reflective projection. However, it can't be denied that this is beautiful trademark work of the master who made Satantango. Full Review »