The Nightingale

critic Reviews

87% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score87%
  • The Nightingale definitely isn't for all tastes, but writer-director Jennifer Kent taps into a rich vein of palpable rage to tell a war story that leaves a bruising impact.
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    Nathaniel BellL.A. Weekly
    The Nightingale sustains Kent's reputation as a promising talent - a filmmaker who employs familiar tropes to explore some of the darkest impulses of human nature.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It's serious film-making, worthy of attention. Arguments, though, will ensue.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    The most shocking thing about this shocking film? When it was over, I felt like I'd been released from a warm hug.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    The power and sheer command of Kent's direction enforced this film's grip on me, along with the fluency and urgency of her storytelling...
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    Elena LazicLittle White Lies
    A fearless, breathtaking masterpiece.
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    M. FaustThe Public (Buffalo)
    The Nightingale treated me like a moral cretin who could only learn through the harshest distillation of human misery. I have better ways to spend my time.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    Its unrelenting (and repetitive) brutality is tough to stomach and, for some, will stumble over into exploitation territory (at heart, this is a revenge thriller from the 1970s).
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Steven SheehanThe Digital Fix
    It's unapologetic in the way Kent confronts the troubled past of her own country, although the equating of the abuse of white women to the near-massacre of entire race of people has continued to trouble this writer some days after viewing.
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    Susan WloszczynaAWFJ Women on Film
    If anything, The Nightingale is proof that humans have always had the capacity to horribly oppressed others and deny them their rights in order to feel superior -- a world that still lacks justice for all.
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    Gena RadcliffeThe Spool
    Just as it's unflinching in its portrayal of sexual assault and violence, so too is The Nightingale honest about the idea of revenge.
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