First Reformed

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Iris avatar
Iris

Powerful script

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John

co-terminus

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Susan

well at least he didn't blow up the church. I hope there is no sequel - I may not be able to watch Ethan Hawke again - slow and bad overall for me.

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Katherine

some of the best cinematography in any of Schrader's works-- and the cast's performance lift a good-enough screenplay off of its feet. however, i may never understand the ending, and it's possible that i still don't understand Mary. there is a lot to be unpacked here, but what has already ...Read more

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Kelley

Thoughtful, intense and dramatic. Unfortunately my internet could not keep up and I was often left to wonder if I was waiting on another dramatic pause or just buffering.

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Sam

We had the same problem, what a shame.

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Minami

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William

Once again Hollywood depicts a Christian as a lunatic. The film is obviously a commercial for fear mongering concerning the whole climate change farce. New age scene with levitation tells me what the screenwriter is all about. Definitely not a feel-good movie.

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Lisa

A thoughtful provoking film with real time poignancy. The performances were spot on and realistic. I felt like I was sharing private moments with this cast. Hawke has made such interesting and demanding choices as of late. A lot to think about. Baffled at the number of snarky reviews ...Read more

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Ryan

A cisgender white man who is prone to violence and suffers from a serious martyr complex only feels redeemed when he gets attention from a pretty blonde and not a frumpy brunette. Five stars.

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Dennis

5/5 Schrader's worst film. What a pity.

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Gene

Tim: No, sorry -
Look .. I was born in Danvers, MA. "Witch City", or is Which City . .no matter. . . c. 1682 was the date - they finally understood on that small Salem Village Green what was wrong - sic: ~ America became a New Nation that day - REFORMED they were -

The film ...Read more

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Gene

I lasted until time frame; 50:28
-Propaganda Film-

I grew up in the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, NY. c. 1680.
The Mohawks massacred them. They did not want to be treated like Arabic-Roman slaves. [no other Native Americans did either], sic: Chumash, Modocs, ...Read more

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Tim

This film is a lot of things, but pro-organized religion? That wasn't my interpretation at all. The church merely serves as the backdrop to a story about hope in the face of adversity. Whether you love the church or hate it, most of us are familiar with it, which makes it a good device for ...Read more

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Alex

Stunning film. Schrader executes his vision very well.

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Vicki

Intriguing until THE END. WTF???!!! His imagination? What? And all those bottles and cans in his trash? Was there no recycling in this town and this is a movie about c climate change? Sheesh.

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Justin

I'm pretty sure that if the Reverend was truly serious about doing something about climate change, the movie would have had him directly advocating from the pulpit, conducting civil disobedience against the local polluter and maybe even lashing out at Abundant Life for their kinda shameful ...Read more

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Vicki

Thanks, Justin, for replying. Your take was intriguing!

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marten

Schrader explores the consequences of directionless Godless nihilism, in this case, of the eco-greenies.

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Bruce

I think there is an unintentional truth and positive message inherent in the film: substituting despair over climate change for hope in the salvation offered by Jesus Christ might just lead people into madness. Don't really get the Taxi Driver comparisons although DeNiro seems to have lost ...Read more

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Richard

It is hopeless. There is love. I watched both grow with equal inevitability. Courageous filmmaking opens a window where most of us blindly see a wall.

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Allen

A good, weird experience. The second half put me in the solitary, ominous world of Taxi Driver. I liked that many questions were left unanswered - I think, at least.

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Terry

no comment

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Mary

Egads. This film had all the subtlety of a Gabor sister between husbands.

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Susan

good film about disappointment, loss, pain, anger, destruction, hate, and ultimately love,

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jithesh

Amazing. Terrifying. Great story telling. Great work by Ethan Hawke. Great script and voice over was delivered to perfection. It's a love story than a film on climate change or pollution. When we deny love, shadows get the lead. All the shadow forces are set to destroy the world and ...Read more

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Adam

very bad film... only got awards because it lectures about climate change.

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Jack

Glad to see your helpful comment. I, for one, am tired of being lectured to about slavery, climate change, the evils of capitalism, the evil of religion, etc. I think I'll give either a pass or continue reading comments. Film has 101 comments..!!

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kay louise

Adam, you are very didactic. That's a Big label to put on anything, anyone. Thought provoking, confusing to me, but with some discussion with other viewers have been able to understand more. Just not your kind of film.Sorry you felt so strongly about it!

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Felix

The ending was a cop-out and not set up at all by the rest of the story.

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Blake

**SPOILERS** I think if taken literally, the end would certainly be a cop-out, but I think Schrader was going for something more cerebral and metaphorical. I think the fantastical sequence earlier with Toller and Mary lying atop each other is a hint that not everything is what it seems, along ...Read more

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Matthew

This film speaks directly to those of us who have lost the hope we once held to be indestructable.

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Marcy

ITA. Succinct and on point, Matthew.

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cathleen

Horrible film. No character development. No protagonist. No one to care about at all. Even the pastor, for all his righteousness and vanity and determination to transcend ended up doing nothing. Just falling for perhaps the dullest female character ever written into a film. Literally oh ...Read more

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kay louise

to me he was a lost soul crying out for help! How could he help anyone when he was so LOW..he said early on "I can't pray"!-I didn't see "righteousness" except he looked like a spiritual person in his clerical collar, but that is misleading, as we know not all Faith leaders have it all ...Read more

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Julia

Thought provoking here and now themes addressed extremely well

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Mark

A stunning and deeply layered film whose exaggerated metaphors are surprising and right on target. Ethan Hawke is marvelous and deeply convincing. A wonderfully complex and anti-hollywood film, in the best sense.
Mark Irwin, University of Southern California

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Lynn

boring

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James

I respect a movie that makes its aesthetic and thematic intentions clear and then just goes all-in. This film does that. People will be turned off by various elements, from the bleakness to the political heavyhandedness to the roller coaster denouement, and none of them will be wrong. But I ...Read more

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kay louise

Yes! I was able to understand more but replying to other's comments.

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Bruce

A measured review, James. I was engrossed from start to finish and found Hawke's and Cedric's performances memorable as well as ironic. Also gave 4 stars. Unlike the Green New Deal rolled out this week it provoked no laughter.

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Gail

Spoiler: but if anyone wants to read Paul Schrader's actual insights into this beautiful movie & its ending, look for his recent (awesome) interview with Marc Jacobson in Vulture.com. Then watch it again.

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Marcy

Thanks for that suggestion. Just read Schraders' interview on Vulture. Ending is totally different now. Doesn't change the beauty.

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kay louise

Mary, I really appreciate your insightful comments!

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Rachael

I thought Ethan Hawke was incredible, and I also loved seeing Cedric "the Entertainer" in this role. Amanda Seyfried was great too.
I think the message of this film is really important, especially in these times. Every good movie.

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Mary

Mary was hardly confused. She knew enough to go up against the negative situation of the father of her child. She is one of the strongest characters in the narrative. Who led who on the cosmic interlude.

I head echoes of "me too" here. Not every interaction between male and ...Read more

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Frank Sherman

Mary, I read your comments. ANd I have to say, I"M NOT BUYING IT. I think that the male character was very strong here. Listen, I've been around for a very VERY longtime, and frankly have been going through a lot lately. BUt, what you said here, was not on "point" And here's why. This movie ...Read more

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Mary

No one said the male character was not strong. Nonetheless he is was not exploitative of Mary; she held her own. Fathers and children figure strongly: Mary was upset about the mental state of the father of her unborn child, Elias lost a son and it destroyed his marriage, through Mary he ...Read more

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Dee

First Reformed. Interesting in its move from what u might think is a meditation on religion to full-on Taxi Driver. But I just can't love it. It's the extremeness of his motivation I can't buy. However, the Magical Mystery Tour scene was lovely.

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Gary

Otherwise worthy movie spoiled by such a drama queen last quarter.

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