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Cold War (Zimna wojna) Reviews

September 12, 2019
Incredibly sexy. It's nice to see a movie that's actually about passion.
February 1, 2019
"Cold War" captivates and transcends barriers of language and culture. It's a gorgeous tale as rocky as it is romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 25, 2019
Heart-thumping: the passion on display is of all sorts, a steady flame against the cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 25, 2019
What struck home the most forcefully for me in "Cold War" is its depiction, insidious and unrelenting, of how artists under communism suffered for their art. At its best, the film is like a bulletin from a benighted world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 24, 2019
Pawlikowski remains a director to watch and Cold War is a film to watch again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2019
What the film is doing is recognizing their indelible life force and originality; it's a cri de coeur hurled toward an increasingly hidebound and emotionally stunted era of Western civilization.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 18, 2019
It's as verbally spare as it is visually spellbinding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2019
If Kulig, who resembles Jessica Chastain, were American, Hollywood would be offering her everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 17, 2019
"Cold War" suffices as a simple filmic jewel of a story, about a couple swimming hard against the currents of history and governments until they only have each other to cling to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 16, 2019
"Cold War" is a near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that's both deeply personal and politically attuned.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 16, 2019
Cinematographer Lukasz Zal finds a chilly, etched beauty in every frame; you're struck by how snow seems to stroke and soften a harsh landscape, and by the poignancy of wind ruffling the grass in a quiet field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 15, 2019
Through "Cold War," Pawlikowski shows us the beauty in an ugly time, and then he makes us wait and wonder if the characters will ever see it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 15, 2019
"Cold War" devastates all the same, and its meditations on what might have been and what could never be haunt long after the gutting final frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 7, 2019
Political freedom, long dreamed of, brings little release.
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December 21, 2018
Although it leaves you wanting more, Cold War is a film that is both illuminating and haunting at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2018
Passionate, tempestuous, haunting and assured, this latest from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski explores, as did his Oscar-winning "Ida," Poland's recent past, resulting in a potent emotional story with political overtones that plays impeccably today.
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December 20, 2018
Cold War is an ode to joylessness that feels historically credible but narratively arbitrary.
December 20, 2018
It's Pawlikowski second-straight masterwork, only one with a critical if seldom-seen error. His movie is too short.
December 20, 2018
Its greatest strengths, though, are its two knockout leads, who give the story its heat, its flesh and its heartbreak.
December 19, 2018
Pawel Pawlikowski's savagely sexy spellbinder burns with a fever that won't quit. Joanna Kulig is a shining new star who rips across the screen like a comet. Forget the frosty title, there's enough sizzling carnality here to the singe the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 18, 2018
Cold War resembles a waking dream. And a ravishingly romantic one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 18, 2018
It's fair to argue that there's more truth in Cold War than in many love stories - that, although a romantic attachment isn't the best basis for a long-term relationship, its power cannot be denied or set aside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2018
An aching film on such exquisite pains of impossible love, Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War concurrently swells your heart and breaks it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 16, 2018
Luminously shot in black and white, with every frame artfully composed, Pawel Pawlikowski's powerful "Cold War"....casts a spell over audiences.
September 7, 2018
A passionate love story (yes, there's a recurrent theme here) that plays out, with musical accompaniment and political resonance, across three decades in postwar Europe.
September 5, 2018
Form and content seem oddly divorced, but music -- the Polish folk tunes, communist-propaganda anthems and Parisian torch songs -- sets the mood and saves the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 31, 2018
All the ingredients are there, but it doesn't quite come together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 28, 2018
One of the most colourful things you'll ever see in black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 8, 2018
Full of aching, ecstasy and anger, this is a remarkable and beautiful film about a love that is possible only when it borders on the impossible.
May 15, 2018
This is an achingly personal story - the romantic leads are named after Pawlikowski's own parents, to whom the film is dedicated - and also a sadly resigned one.
May 14, 2018
The more we see this relationship, the more its mystery grows. That is the profound, beguiling truth with which Cold War ultimately leaves us.
May 14, 2018
It deftly walks the line between appropriately somber and great, sophisticated fun.
Top Critic
May 12, 2018
A haunted postwar epic in miniature, like a novel written with the careful, precise economy of a short story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 11, 2018
It's a brave thing, to tell a story by omission, but Pawlikowski almost pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 11, 2018
Demonstrates a significant leap in storytelling prowess together with an unerring ability to convey the most revealing character traits with the tiniest of details.
Full Review | Original Score: 5 stars
May 11, 2018
Reflecting the two leads, the film retains a quiet humour throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2018
In 84 densely packed minutes, the dialogue is often bracingly spare and scenes of sensual pleasure are invariably interrupted, as if cut off by the long arm of cold war communism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2018
It's visually stunning, passionate, wistful, and thoughtful in equal measure.
May 11, 2018
At its heart there's a relationship that doesn't wholly move you as it needs to do. The rigour of this film-making is nonetheless ravishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 11, 2018
There is an exquisite chill to this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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May 10, 2018
A soberly moving study of the disappointment and insecurity that can blossom from supposed renewal: It's a romance in which new beginnings and endings can be hard to tell apart.
May 10, 2018
A thrilling exploration of romantic disappointment with a killer soundtrack.
May 10, 2018
Somehow, it's both pristine and jazzy - emotionally aloof by design, but still accessible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5