"Because it suddenly revealed itself as a balanced and complete masterpiece after waiting in the wings for 5 years. It has already proven that it can stand the test of time, and I am sure we will be hearing about this magnum opus for years to come."
"Because the director escorts you through the cultural consciousness of a small corner of Eastern European society via the journey of a trucker who falls victim to the realities of the world around him. The end result is powerful, subtle, harsh, graceful, and fascinating."
"Because depicting gay relationships on screen as they are in real life is important. The raw intimacy is shocking and revelatory. If the film focused on a heterosexual couple, it would barely ruffle a feather."
"Because, even when its central thesis seemed shaky or forced, all the details managed to coalesce within a moving conclusion. Who knew astronomy and Chilean social history would fuse into an even more fascinating and emotionally potent subject?"
"Because it doesn't seem "wow" at first, but then it leaves you thinking, well, "wow." A beautiful, thorough, subtly passionate exploration of a woman's character and the way she transforms under the constraints of two extremely different obstacles."
"Because of the tautness of its central metaphor, which is echoed in the pacing and lensing. Michael Shannon's performance is an achievement. If anything, see this for him. It's the role of a life time for an actor who only seems to get better and better."
"Because the muted tones of the cinematography coupled with the quiet oppression of Jung and Freud's Europe are broken so beautifully by the sensuality of intellect and the grotesqueness of Knightley's physicality."
"Because, as far as 2011 big-budget family-friendly films go, War Horse > Hugo. It's a little overwrought at moments, but its conviction and gravitas ring true, and there are plenty of excellent performances that ground what could have registered as cheesy or empty."
"Because, even though it's not Morvern Callar, it's a thrill to finally see the great Lynne Ramsay working again, and in a way that I did not expect. The formal strength is still there, and Tilda's performance is something to behold (quel surprise). Ramsay is a master at visual storytelling."