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Based on 30 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Entertainment Weekly
Can be interpreted politically or even biblically or not at all, as the elemental struggles between dominance and submission, impulse and action, man and nature, father and son, play out to their stunning conclusion.
Chicago Tribune
The Russian film The Return is a stunning contemporary fable about a divided family in the wilderness - a simple, riveting film that almost achieves greatness.
Enriched by allusions to biblical stories of fathers, sons, and sacrifices, subtly woven into the movie's moodily photographed fabric.
Wall Street Journal
A film that asks its audience to invest serious thought, and in return, bestows serious pleasure.
The Hollywood Reporter
At once a powerful psychological thriller and a haunting allegory, The Return marks an auspicious feature debut for helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev.
Filmed with a cold, poetic beauty, The Return slowly strips away motivation until it arrives at a place of myth both private and oddly universal.
New York Daily News
A haunting, melancholy work.
Miami Herald
Many questions remain purposely unanswered: Where was the father for 12 years? Why did he want to go away with the kids? What's in a box he finds hidden in the island? Yet, in a remarkable ending, the boys discover their feelings.
New York Post
Vladimir Garin and Ivan Dobronravov are amazingly natural as the boys, and Konstantin Lavronenko impresses as the taciturn father.
Chicago Sun-Times
It is a Kafkaesque story, in which ominous things follow one another with a certain internal logic but make no sense at all.
A tense, expertly acted Russian film clouded by its intentional ambiguity.

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