'The Revenant' Early Reviews: Brilliant, Mesmerizing, Astonishing, Brutal


By Matt O'Bryant 

What's up guys and gals,  

Early Reviews for The Revenant have been flooding in and we have a few of the top critics opinions for you to check out below.. So far the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. 

I personally can't wait to see the film, and I know a couple people who have also seen it and said it was amazing!  Let us know in the cmments section how excited you are for this film.

 Empire – Nick De Semlyen

Some directors might have been tempted to follow an Oscar win by making a cushy comedy in the Bahamas – but the driven Iñárritu pushed himself and his crew to the limits against the elements. He defied conventional wisdom by shooting with natural light only, and in chronological order, and has emerged with something we have never seen before.

 Variety – Justin Chang

In short, “The Revenant” must be appreciated first and foremost as a sensory and aesthetic marvel, a brutal hymn to the beauty and terror of the natural world that exerts a hypnotic pull from the opening frame. Its deficiencies as a human drama and a metaphysical meditation will take a bit longer to emerge.


The Guardian – Peter Bradshaw

But what is so distinctive about this Iñárritu picture is its unitary control and its fluency: no matter how extended, the film’s tense story is under the director’s complete control and he unspools great meandering, bravura travelling shots to tell it: not dissimilar, in some ways, to his previous picture, Birdman. The movie is as thrilling and painful as a sheet of ice held to the skin.

Total Film  – James Mottram

Far more challenging than even Iñárritu’s bravura Oscar-winner Birdman, this is his Fitzcarraldo or his Apocalypse Now – man versus the elements, both on screen and off. Stories have already spread about the legendarily arduous shoot endured by cast and crew in the Canadian wilderness. Whatever hardships they went through were worth it.

Vanity Fair – Richard Lawson

It’s a hairy true story, one ripe for the über-masculine film treatment, which is exactly what director Alejandro González Iñárritu has given us in the grueling The Revenant, as much a survival story for the audience as it is for the hero.

The Revenant hits select theaters on December 25th and opens everywhere on January 8th, 2016.