First Reformed

Sep 2, 2017 | 108 Minutes

Reverend Ernst Toller is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 25...

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8 / 10 Verdict: Good
Avg. Rating: 8 # of Ratings: 7 # of Reviews: 5

Overall Rating

8 / 10 Verdict: Good
Avg. Rating: 8 # of Ratings: 7 # of Reviews: 5

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Director: Paul Schrader

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  • WHAT I LIKED: Paul Schrader's 'First Reformed,' broadcasts a fairly polemic view about how the hypocritical religious establishment is complicit in the destruction of the Earth through its story of a troubled vicar who slowly comes around to the e... Read the full review »
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    8 / 10
    “Can God forgive us?” Once that line is uttered by Michael (Philip Ettinger), a radical environmental activist and soon-to-be father, it gets in Reverend Toller’s (Ethan Hawke) head. He agonizes over the question as his outlook on salvation... Read the full review »
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    Chris

    6 / 10
    While Ethan Hawke's performance was excellent, I found FIRST REFORMED to be just ok. It is an incredibly slow film that was building to a moment that ultimately left me unsatisfied. Read the full review »
  • My friend and I did not speak when “First Reformed” ended. We remained silent for a good 5–7 minutes. This was the only reasonable reaction to what we had just witnessed. “First Reformed” is a masterpiece of character-driven drama with f... Read the full review »

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