Grâce à Dieu

critic Reviews

96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score96%
  • Patient in its approach yet stirring in its conviction, By the Grace of God draws soberly gripping cinema from real-life horror.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.
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    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    One is prone to expect excess in a film by François Ozon, [but he] wisely opts to frame the fact-based events as a straightforward crime drama.
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    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
    The film gathers momentum and shading as it goes.
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    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
    "By the Grace of God" begins to spin its wheels, with unnecessary scenes that give color to the events, when we're more interested in the grand movements.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It's strong material, and apt to infuse the viewer with righteous ire.
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    Philip ConcannonLittle White Lies
    Not Ozon's most assured piece of storytelling, but a hard film to shake.
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    Dan ScullyCinema76
    Populate these environments with a group of terrific performances, and it makes for a welcoming-yet-unforgiving look into an issue that should be understood by as many people as possible.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Mutating into a documentary-style approach, Ozon has a talented cast helping him stabilize the narrative disproportion whenever the film goes up and down in tone.
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    Steven SheehanThe Digital Fix
    Ozon never plays the sentimental card and while the abuse suffered by the men is no doubt horrific, the details of their inner lives remain elusive.
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    Matt CipollaThe Spool
    There's a power to By the Grace of God that could have been less overt -- I'm looking at you, Spotlight poster in the background of one scene -- but it by and large sticks the landing.
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