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Ida Reviews

February 6, 2015
Now that Paweł Pawlikowski's haunting Polish film has been nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, Ida is back in the conversation. Let yourself be enveloped by a modern cinema classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
January 5, 2015
Nestled within its sins-of-the-elders narrative is a faintly charming cross-generational bonding picture, pairing a worldly cynic with a young girl taking her last gasp of secular air before giving her life to the Lord.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 5, 2015
With her brassy, determined aunt, Ida sets off to find answers and discovers life beyond the convent walls in this leisurely but satisfying journey.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 5, 2015
Don't adjust your set: the film is (strikingly) photographed in Bergman-esque shades of gray-and-white.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2015
Pawlikowski is intelligent, sensitive to mood and willing to defy fashion -- and this last quality, in particular, is rare enough to be worth valuing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2015
This frugal, static film in black and white is wondrous with life and drama. First-time actress Agata Trzebuchowska has a face you could watch forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2014
There is not a frame in this austere spiritual journey that isn't a thing of heartfelt beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 28, 2014
"A comeback marked by crystalline conviction ... suffused with the ache of loss but streaked with hope and humour."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 26, 2014
One of its wonders is that, in spite of its grim underlying themes, Ida has the lightness, grace, humour and visual inventiveness of the New Wave movies of the Sixties to which it pays such obvious homage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2014
A bracing and powerful drama about cultural roots and the nature of identity from director Pawel Pawlikowski.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2014
Pawlikowski has a photographer's eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland's tragic, turbulent past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2014
Look at Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, and have your eyes opened to what rich glories a monochrome palette can achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 27, 2014
Consider "Ida" the first offering in a summer celebrating Polish cinema and the latest masterpiece in a powerful tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 20, 2014
In the end, Ida has to confront where she's come from, decide who she is and who she wants to be. Then again, don't we all?
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 12, 2014
As the heroine who bounces back from one potential catastrophe after another, Trzebuchowska always suggests resilience. She's got a lot on her mind, but we know she'll survive.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2014
A film with meat and bones sorely lacking in heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 5, 2014
A thing of beauty that overstays its welcome. It's possible that Pawlikowski would be a great artist if he weren't so hellbent on convincing us of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 30, 2014
A masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 29, 2014
The Polish drama "Ida" is a rarity, a film both intensely grounded in painful historical reality and genuinely otherworldly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 22, 2014
Spare, haunting and in its own way beautiful, "Ida" is an absorbing film about discovering the truth, and the attendant price we pay to learn it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 22, 2014
Ida reaches spiritual depth through affecting performances rendered in sublime black-and-white compositions. Cinematographer Lukasz Zal places faces in the lower corner of his frame to arresting effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 22, 2014
For a film about grave moral questions and contradictions, "Ida" possesses more than its share of sensory pleasures ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2014
"Ida" accomplishes so much, so surely in its 80 minutes, it's as if the director Pawel Pawlikowski had dared himself: How can I tell this fascinating story efficiently yet without rushing and abridging the narrative?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 15, 2014
Likely to remain the best movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 9, 2014
The parable resonates emotionally thanks to Trzebuchowska's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 8, 2014
A stunning character portrait of survival and loss.
May 8, 2014
[The] screenplay is a model of economy, as precise as the lensing by Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal, who often position their subjects at the bottom of the frame, emphasizing personal insignificance within the totalitarian machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 6, 2014
This is solemn filmmaking, devoutly restrained and unshakably purposeful. We expect its austerity to fend us off, but no; it gathers us in and forbids us to look away.
May 6, 2014
The effect is somewhere between incredible beauty and mounting discomfort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2014
Quite soon in watching Ida, you recognize that you are going to have to see the picture again and again.
May 2, 2014
Ida is barely 80 minutes and lacks fullness, and the style that's so arresting can also seem studied. But the movie's chill is hard to shake off.
May 2, 2014
What comes across is a vast woefulness for what the war did to Poland and all its people. Amid this darkness and dread, Ida is like a transcendent beacon.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 2, 2014
There's an urgency to Ida's simple, elemental story that makes it seem timely, or maybe just timeless.
May 2, 2014
Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, "Ida" would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 2, 2014
The finest work yet from a terrific filmmaker. And, one can only hope, the one that begins to bring him the attention he deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 1, 2014
It is Trzebuchowska's face, and her character's situation, her existential and practical journey, that hold our interest in "Ida."
May 1, 2014
Within its relatively brief duration and its narrow black-and-white frames, the movie somehow contains a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain.
May 1, 2014
The performances are beyond reproach. As Wanda, Agata Kulesza is mournfully magnetic. As Ida, Agata Trzebuchowska expresses a complex consciousness budding up from behind her sweet blank slate.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 1, 2014
Yes, I'm recommending a black-and-white film about a nun and a judge in Communist-era Poland.
Top Critic
May 1, 2014
Everyone is on a voyage of self-discovery in Ida - the two central characters certainly, but also Poland-born, Britain-based director Pawel Pawlikowski, making his first film in the homeland he left at 14.
May 1, 2014
Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," a compact masterpiece set in Poland in the early 1960s, gets to the heart of its matter with startling swiftness.
May 1, 2014
Both "Ida" and Ida are exquisite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2014
The film is both delicate and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 29, 2014
Rendered compellingly in black-and-white.
April 28, 2014
This rigorous beautiful black-and-white drama of early-'60s Poland is an art film in the best sense.
April 28, 2014
Instead of making the young woman's search feel immediate and universal, such an ascetic treatment locks it away in the past.
March 6, 2014
This story of faith and despair is gracefully told, its simple, uncluttered spaces and luminous black-and-white photography harking back to Robert Bresson.
October 14, 2013
In a very short time, Pawlikowski's film tells us a powerful, poignant story with fine, intelligent performances from Kulesza and Trzebuchowska.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5