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First Reformed (15)


Drama about a chaplain who tries to help a young couple who are expecting their first child.

The critical consensus

You might have to remind yourself to breathe when First Reformed cuts to black after a climactic 20 minutes that grips like a vice, but when you have recovered your senses, your first thought will probably be the realisation that you’ve just experienced a masterpiece.

*****Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 02/07/2018

Paul Schrader’s best for 20 years. A stunning study of one man’s flaws and an apocalyptic vision of mankind’s fate.

*****Jamie Graham, Total Film, 09/07/2018

Is it too early to call this Schrader’s masterpiece?

*****Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 10/07/2018

Schrader’s best in yonks, a powerful meditation on faith’s place in the modern world. Hawke, as a kind of Travis Bickle in a dog collar, gives one of the performances of the year.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 10/07/2018

First Reformed is a passionately focused film but not a masterpiece, being flawed as it is by a certain inability to decide on an ending.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/07/2018

Ethan Hawke is masterful as a priest having a crisis of faith.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 14/07/2018

It’s a rare example of a film that serves up provocative ideas and also gives us the space to contemplate them.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 16/07/2018

Features about First Reformed (15)

Ethan Hawke on First Reformed

Kelli Weston, The Skinny, 02/07/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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