The Nightingale

critic Reviews

86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score86%
  • 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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    EJ MorenoFlickering Myth
    One of the most powerful films in recent memory, The Nightingale is a tough viewing. Not easy to recommend, but a great viewing nonetheless
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    Margot HarrisonSeven Days
    [Writer-director Jennifer] Kent grapples earnestly with uncomfortable questions... and she reaches some powerful conclusions.
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    Nathan SmithNashville Scene
    The Nightingale is at its best when it ceases to be a horror movie or a period piece and instead becomes a buddy comedy about two people bonding over how much the English have ruined their lives.
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    Matthew ToomeyABC Radio Brisbane
    Filled with exceptional performances, The Nightingale is a confronting, powerful drama that is not easily forgotten.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    A powerful, emotionally shattering experience, and one of the most memorable movies so far this year.
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    Matt RodriguezShakefire
    The Nightingale will make you angry in its depiction of violence and hatred, but it's a necessary anger that will hopefully lead to a better understanding of its themes.
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    Jim Schembri3AW
    A searing Gothic revenge saga that unspools like the unholy offspring of The Piano and I Spit On Your Grave...a primal, visceral experience...A truly awesome film, in every sense of the word.
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    Brandy McDonnellThe Oklahoman
    A twisty, slow-burning thriller, The Nightingale is both shockingly violent and profoundly poignant as it unflinchingly counts the costs of cruelty, retribution and colonialism.
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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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    Graham FullerCineaste Magazine
    ... it amply demonstrates in microcosm the inherent barbarity of the colonizing of the island...
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