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Reviews: The Tribe (2015)

tribeReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: L’esordio dell’ucraino Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, acclamato alla Semaine di Cannes l’anno scorso e poi vincitore del Milano Film Festival, arriva nelle sale italiane solo ora, con l’aura del capolavoro da riscoprire, ma ha un’ambiguità di sguardo che nasconde intenzioni manipolatorie e compiaciute.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: the whole body communication that encompasses sign language pulls us into the film like trying to listen to someone who’s whispering. We engage more… find ourselves doing things like ‘sharing’ interior monologues
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [I]t’s a successful experiment, but as a worthwhile story, the movie falls disappointingly short.
  • Rob Hunter @ Film School Rejects
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s The Tribe is a creative masterpiece. It’s hyper-violent, realistically sexual, and exhilarating at the same time where you understand zero of what the kids say to each other, but you know exactly what is going on.
  • [New – 11/12/15] | Greg Klymkiw @ The Film Corner
    • Excerpt: The Tribe evokes a world of silence and suffering that is also perversely borderline romantic, a world where connections and communication are key elements to add some variation to a youth culture that is as entrenched as it is ultimately constant and, frankly, inescapable.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Arty, edgy, and bleak, The Tribe fails the plausibility test
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Brilliantly shot and performed, The Tribe is a grim piece of post-Soviet realism and as beautiful as it is repulsive.
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: Allowing their world to speak for itself without subtitles to feed us cues is an audacious choice and one that’s probably earned Slaboshpitsky most of the acclaim lauded. It’s an immersive maneuver—simple in its authenticity and complex in its technical orchestration.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Give it the universal sign of one thumb wiggling horizontally between ‘yay’ and ‘nay’.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: It goes without saying that The Tribe is a difficult film to watch. That’s almost the point of what writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky is trying to accomplish here: to force you to pay close attention just to be able to understand what is going on, then recoil in horror once you do.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
    • Excerpt: The Tribe grips its audience from the start, and then proceeds to tighten that grip consistently as the film rolls on. It is as unsettling as it is fascinating, a bold experiment in how stories are told.
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: … has a visual brilliance that transcends its genre regardless of anyone’s ability to hear or speak. Even more, what makes the film superior is that Slaboshpitsky treats his enormously daring actors as catalysts, not cattle.
  • Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
    • Excerpt: There is no denying that The Tribe is a truly unique film and certainly one of the “must see” films of 2015. That said, this tale of revenge fueled by bitter hatred will surely test the stamina of anyone who is brave enough to watch a film with no understandable dialogue (unless, of course, you happen to understand Ukrainian sign language), explicit sex scenes and animalistic brutality.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Despite the longueurs, ‘The Tribe’ is certainly a dark and powerful portrait of the grim goings-on at a school where violence plays a far greater role than education, told in a fashion that can’t help but fascinate.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile
    • Excerpt: It’s tempting call the concept behind writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s The Tribe a gimmick, but to do so would undersell the film’s merits as a bold formal and dramatic achievement.
Updated: November 12, 2015 — 8:26 pm
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