No one but Lanthimos could adhere so loyally to the classical model of the tragic, yet the result treads close to monotony, and even to a kind of sorrowful sadism ...
Myths grow out of a need to understand the world, and to pass on an understanding of how to make our way through it, but Lanthimos just teaches you to be more cautious about his next film.
Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman find themselves trapped in a domestic nightmare in Yorgos Lanthimos' stunning, cerebral revenge story that plays like a biblical "Sophie's Choice."
You will suffer in vain.
Dense with layers of biblical lore and Greek tragedy, it's like a cake that's impressively tall but also unpalatably dry.
With uniformly great performances throughout the cast and Lanthimos' stunning eye for detail and composition, this is one of the most unforgettable films of the year.
The plot is that of a horror movie, but our ability to emotionally engage is stripped away by the odd combination of symbolic action and pedestrian dialogue.
The movie feels increasingly like a self-satisfied but unsustained provocation, a rich display of craft in service of secondhand shocks and ideas.
Lanthimos does what he wants -- and we're all the richer for it, even if it creeps us out sometimes.