Time of the Wolf

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13

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  1. JustinA.
    Jul 6, 2004
    10
    It often seems that Haneke is attempting to make movies that Adorno would postumously approve of. This film, very much in the tradition of 60's Bergman (Shame) and late Tarkovsky (Stalker, The Silence) seems to almost get there. I think reviewers are wrong who call Time of the Wolf an allegory; indeed, it doesn't seem to provide any symbolism at all. One would be hard-pressed to It often seems that Haneke is attempting to make movies that Adorno would postumously approve of. This film, very much in the tradition of 60's Bergman (Shame) and late Tarkovsky (Stalker, The Silence) seems to almost get there. I think reviewers are wrong who call Time of the Wolf an allegory; indeed, it doesn't seem to provide any symbolism at all. One would be hard-pressed to suggest a determinate political/cultural stance the film takes, unless the depiction of trauma, both individual and collective, is now a stance. But perhaps it serves to make those who arrived at the theater in their SUV's shudder... Expand
  2. PeterA.
    May 2, 2007
    9
    A wonderful film, scary, moving, unexplained, inexplicable, showing us the end of civilization as we know it, but with an unexpected note of optimism and beauty at the end. Huppert is marvelous and her two children are superb.
  3. DanS.
    Mar 23, 2005
    9
    Well, there you have it. Justin has summed it up pretty well. Sure there will be some who'll tear into Haneke and his way with images; though they're probably the same bunch who'll criticize Gaspar Noe or Bruno Dumont for the same. The New French cinema is an incredible movement and the fact is that this Austrian emigre has a special part in it. And if you like this type of Well, there you have it. Justin has summed it up pretty well. Sure there will be some who'll tear into Haneke and his way with images; though they're probably the same bunch who'll criticize Gaspar Noe or Bruno Dumont for the same. The New French cinema is an incredible movement and the fact is that this Austrian emigre has a special part in it. And if you like this type of fare, you'll love Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice or Bergman's Shame...throw in a little Bela Tarr just for good measure. Or better yet, leave your SUV at home and check out Bruno Dumont's Twenty-Nine Palms, not to be confused with the American version of the same title. Expand

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Haneke is still a masterful director, and his authority carries this well-acted and attractively shot account of a family from an unnamed city trying to survive in the sticks after an unspecified catastrophe.
  2. 60
    In the somewhat muted lead role, Huppert really is a marvel.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    100
    Haneke demonstrates profound insight into the essence of human behavior when all humility is pared away, raw panic and despair are the order of the day, and man becomes more like wolf than man.