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Cold War (Zimna wojna) Reviews

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April 30, 2019
Compared to other foreign films from around the globe, Cold War is alienating and uninviting despite speaking in the universal language of love.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 12, 2019
A mesmerizing performance from Joanna Kulig and beautiful cinematography by Lukasz Zal could not overcome the repugnant nature of a love story centered on a young girl, abused by her father, then controlled and sexualized by her teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
October 30, 2018
Pawlikowski is compelling his two lovers on a sadistic and slightly contrived trajectory to end-gain the moral of the story which is that corrosive politics destroy lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2018
For all the effort on display, it's hard to shake the feeling that this isn't a little too easy for Pawlikowski who... ultimately delivers a desaturated version of The English Patient's more hard-won story of the violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 8, 2019
Their love was meant to be one for the ages, but sometimes shit happens.
October 10, 2018
Cold War is an imperfect work, evoking a sublime beauty despite its clichés, and cliched despite its sublime beauty.
December 21, 2018
Thunderously dull romantic drama from Paweł Pawlikowski, who won a best foreign film Oscar for 2015's Ida...it's a slog, as well as featuring characters who are hard enough to relate to without Pawlikowski's sterile direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 29, 2018
Cold War is 88 minutes of thermal underwear looking for a full outfit of winter ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2018
All the ingredients are there, but it doesn't quite come together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2019
An astute, aggressive inquisition of art as a bureaucratic cudgel gives way to boringly doomed romance -doled out in webisode-sized chunks. Cold War is a gorgeous film to gaze upon, but it's ultimately eye-catching jetsam floating downstream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 1, 2018
This lush throwback to European cinema of the 1950s and 60 looks gorgeous and sounds wonderful, but it never quite gels as the passionate romance it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 5, 2018
It's as though the scriptwriters already knew the ending ... The result: elliptical and underwritten storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2019
Since the subtitles are few, fragmented and far-between, for non-linguists, it's frigid and forlorn, evoking a bleak melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 7, 2018
Cold War is a self-indulgent and mostly lifeless endeavor that could only exist within the context of a film festival.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 6, 2019
Sometimes love is a battlefield. Cold War may leave you feeling like collateral damage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
December 20, 2018
Cold War is an ode to joylessness that feels historically credible but narratively arbitrary.
February 22, 2019
Patronizes European modernity and turns it into soft-core kitsch.
January 30, 2019
A cold, passionless, underwritten tale of a relationship wrecked by circumstance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.75/5
January 19, 2020
Resembling Jennifer Lawrence in her early career, Kulig is certainly a talent to watch out for.
October 18, 2019
Its love story is both epic and intimate, personal and political, and one that will haunt you a very long time.
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