(2015)

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Metascore

Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
60
A promising if not quite audacious debut by Robin Pront, the film benefits from a solidly envisioned family dynamic but doesn't really generate much heat until its final act.
60
CineVue
This is a punchy and promising debut from Pront.
60
Shooting in dull, wintry colours, the mood is set for a story that can only end badly.
60
The film's bleak, Coen-esque sense of isolation, cold brutality and clutch of confident performances...make for a decent and engaging story that culminates in an enjoyably nasty conclusion.
60
In the end, for all the artistry on display, The Ardennes is more admirable than inspiring. It has style, and even suspense, but relatively little imagination.
60
The New York Times
Even though, in retrospect, The Ardennes feels a little obvious and secondhand, it unfolds with enough speed and wit to hold your attention.
58
First-time director Robin Pront serves up plenty of brooding atmosphere, but the screenplay, adapted from a stage play by Pront and Jeroen Perceval (who also plays the sensible Harvey Keitel role), never succeeds in eluding genre cliché.
40
The climax quickens the film's pulse but doesn't exactly grow organically from what's proceeded it.
40
A disappointment.
38
Slant Magazine
It predictably lurches toward acts of extreme violence with little interest other than the instant titillation such moments afford.

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