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Reviews: Noah (2014)

noahReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Non c’è davvero nulla da salvare in questo film. Se L’albero della vita, fortissimamente voluto da Aronofsky quasi dieci anni fa, era stato accolto con sufficienza, ma conteneva almeno una riflessione sincera sulla morte e sul dolore della perdita, questo incredibile pasticcio è difficilmente giustificabile. Il peggior film dell’anno. Di gran lunga.
  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: (Noah) comes so close to what it wants to be, yet constantly flounders under its own weight.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Darren Aronofsky propone una ida de olla que no luce en absoluto su abultado presupuesto. Aburrida y sosa pese a ser un atronador disparate, una película bobalicona que no debería levantar ampollas en los católicos de todo el mundo. Ni en nadie, vamos.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The fact that it takes itself so very seriously will, no doubt, lead its more cynical viewers to dub it an unintentional laugh riot — and you can choose to laugh at it. But you can also choose to wrestle with it, to engage as fully as Aronofsky has.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: Russell Crowe’s embodiment of Noah’s tempestuous righteousness nearly carries Darren Aronofsky’s muddled Biblical parable of man-made catastrophe.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A creative and thought-provoking interpretation of the Noah story as a parable about second chances, the excesses of zeal, and the blessings of mercy.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There are some brilliant elements to “Noah,” mostly in the first half. Armed with beautiful production design and some impressive special effects, “Noah” is stunning to watch, a bonkers version of the book of Genesis, if you will.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Aronofsky and his cowriter have ingeniously filled in the Biblical blanks (in addition to Androcles one can see Abraham’s conundrum in Noah’s surmising) to create a provocative yet action packed epic.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: What ultimately undermines NOAH’s credibility lies in its clumsy move to reduce the man to a kind of archetypal superhero tale, complete with origin chapter, a visit to the sage wizard, and inclusion of absurd aliens.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Noé es una película insufrible porque tiene un guión malísimo, pero tiene momentos visualmente magníficos porque está dirigida por Aronofsky.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is a fine film that is as much about the struggles with and consequences of faith as it is the recounting of a religious tale.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Unconventional, yet totally accessible spectacle
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: A work of art and imagination that makes this most familiar of tales strange and new: at times illuminating the text, at times stretching it to the breaking point.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Individuals driven by obsessive quests have long been a tenet of Darien Aronofsky’s work, so the religious subject mater isn’t as foreign as it seems. A man driven by obsession could be the focus of a fascinating film, but this drama doesn’t cut beneath the surface to delve deeply into the emotional concepts present.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Aronofsky’s film sits quite naturally in a space that believers and non-believers can appreciate, allowing room for a bit of evolution to the divine origin.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A Biblical action disaster fantasy epic that is completely bonkers, endlessly entertaining, and actually religious in that inspiring-and-instructional way that you don’t need to take as literal truth to see the wisdom of.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Controversial but an all around quality good overcoming evil character drama.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Converging art-house and mainstream studio sensibilities, the whole of the final product—a monumental, nearly two-and-a-half-hour epic with a blockbuster-sized budget from a brief story—comes nowhere near its glimmers of audacity and daring. But between the film’s big ideas and bigger spectacle, its maker at least went for it.
  • Glenn Lovell @
    • Excerpt: Baby, the rain must fall … Noah’s climactic transformation plays like Ethan Edwards in ‘The Searchers.’
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Noah positions itself quickly as an anti-Bible film, one that takes the familiar story and adds enough unusual flourishes to make it a completely different story.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Putting the hullabaloo to one side and taking the film for what it is, a daring retelling of a well known story anchored by committed performances and a simultaneous sense of sheer spectacle and grounded emotion, it’s an admirable success.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Whatever floats your boat…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Aronofsky’s debut film Pi advertises itself with the line ‘Faith in Chaos,’ but the slogan might be more apt for the disorderly scope and fascinating vision of this Biblically-minded arthouse epic.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: The childhood saying of “rain, rain go away…come back another day” certainly takes on a whole new grandiose meaning in Aronofsky’s powerful, Bible-thumping boating blockbuster. In short, Noah skillfully rocks the boat and does justice to the legendary Holy Book’s flooding fable.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: A fever-dream spectacle brimming with outré imagination, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah takes the story of the Ark and goes nuts with it – it’s the Old Testament for the Transformers generation, and an endlessly fascinating journey into the mind of madness – both the mind of Russell Crowe’s Noah, and the mind of the filmmaker who carries his weight.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: “Noah” is a remarkable interpretation of The Great Flood and a fitting choice to open during Lent, a time of repentance and ultimate rebirth.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Não é um filme que permaneça na memória ou o filme definitivo sobre Noé, é um filme competente que deixa um enorme travo a desilusão, em especial pela coincidência nos actores (os oscarizados Russell Crowe e Jennifer Connelly de “A Beautiful Mind”, tal como Emma Watson e Logan Lerman do sucesso recente “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) que eram obrigados a mais química.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: There are a lot of things to admire about Darren Aronofsky’s Noah , most refreshing is the fact that, for once, a biblical epic is being helmed by a competent director. After the recent short shrift given to Jesus in Son of God and the torpid Christian pep-rally of God’s Not Dead, it is nice to finally come to a Hollywood biblical epic that’s infused with a great director’s steady hand.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Estudo de personagem agudo cujos dilemas e dramas que o revestem permitem rabiscar quem de fato pode ter sido Noé
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Won’t please literalists…and on its own terms it’s frequently a bit absurd. But visually ‘Noah’ evinces a sort of loony grandeur, and emotionally it possesses much stronger resonance than one might expect, not least because of Russell Crowe’s zealous performance.
Updated: July 13, 2015 — 3:36 pm

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