First Reformed

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Zoe

Interesting parallels with Ingmar Bergman's "Winter Light" - brilliant!

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Patricia

Some times a film is so much more - a poem

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Hannah

The notion that at any given time the meeting of a stranger can alter your current path. Ethan Hawke carries the film and physically portrays his internal conflicts.

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Isabelle

Aspects of it were really interesting and compelling...but also, man, a lot of pretentious naval-gazing, as well.

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paul

Amazing film. Really heavy but rich in story and characters. I wish I had more words but I am afraid to give away too much.

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Benjamin

This is a great capper to Paul Schrader's "Men Who Keep Journals To Document Their Inner Thoughts As They Move Inevitably Towards Violence" Trilogy (there's probably a better title...) that includes Taxi Driver and Light Sleeper. Ethan Hawke gives a terrific, understated performance and the ...Read more

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Joseph

I loved the camera work, the still, up-close shots, framing the actors' faces, getting us IN their faces. It allows us to see their talent as well, all the subtle non-verbal communication. Hawke is great, but I always enjoy seeing Seyfried, because I cannot forget her in Mean Girls, and skill ...Read more

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Gerardo

Phenomenal film and one of the best films of 2018. Ethan Hawke and Paul Schrader deserve Oscar nominations.

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Mary

A masterpiece. The struggle between the needs of the human and the needs of the divine.

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Judith

Good

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Michael

I've never seen a film that so unflinchingly contemplates the intersection of one's moral/ethical/spiritual beliefs and one's sociopolitical responsibility to the environment. I saw this film for the first time when it was in theaters, and no more than a few days go by before I find myself ...Read more

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Richard

Ethan Hawke looks so miserable throughout the whole movie. Religion should make one joyous. What does this director know about it, I wonder? Not my cup of tea.

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Kathryn

I had the exact opposite reaction when I watched this film. I thought, Paul Schrader must have clergy in his family to know this much about it! There are joyous moments in religion, of course--but a heck of a lot of professional pastoring is wrestling with the darkest impulses of humanity. ...Read more

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LEE

Full of the truth of our situation! Five Stars...

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Kathryn

[CONTAINS SPOILERS] I once was a pastor, and I saw bits of every dysfunctional pastor I have ever worked with in Hawke's portrayal. I, too, have felt the pressures to not be "political" when morality interferes with politics. I have experienced the businesslike sterility of the megachurch, ...Read more

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Mary

The ending was redemptive. An affirmation and embrace of life.

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Jeff

Perhaps my favorite film of the year so far. Excellent acting, great script, and sparks an interesting conversation.

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Marcia

Ethan Hawke's Oscar campaign, who's in

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CHUNG LEUNG

I wonder why the picture aspect ratio is 1:1 when I see it here. I checked on imdb.com and it says the aspect ratio is 1.37:1. (EDIT okay, I guess the original 1.37:1 which is close to 1:1 as I perceived it to be instead of any widescreen format that I came to expect.)

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Jacob

Interesting filmmaking style with loads of long and uniquely composed shots. The acting is phenomenal.

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Francoise

Excellent Ethan Hawke.

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Byron

excellent acting strange ending compelling story

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