First Reformed

First Reformed

By Paul Schrader

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Date: 2018-05-18
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 53min
  • Director: Paul Schrader
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99

Description

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

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Reviews

  • Trash

    1
    By LogicGazer
    Don’t waste your time, money and effort watching this film. Absolutely garbage.
  • Brilliant and thought provoking for critical thinkers!

    5
    By maddogmovies7
    A beautiful piece of artistic filmmaking from Paul Schrader with moving performances by an incredible cast. As with Taxi Driver this film is character driven, yet the narrative explores topical and controversial subcultural differences. It deserves a wide audience and recognition come awards season. This film is the reason I love movies, even if they are fewer and more farther between than ever.
  • Best Actor Oscar

    5
    By MikeCallejas8
    This is it for Ethan, he proves to go above and beyond the call of duty. His performance was perfect, the movie flowed beautifully. I read the negative reviews and I’m glad I ignored them. I think all the poor reviews are from people who think that Jumanji with Dwayne Johnson was a great film. Trust me this is a masterpiece, by far the best film of 2018.
  • Honest

    5
    By SeattleJazz
    i am sure low ratings are becuase of the honesty of this filk. the earth is dying and we are turning a blind eye to it becuase of profits. The acting , the story, the brutal truth is top notch.
  • Bad Movie

    1
    By LOMG77
    Acting was poor, plot was ambiguous, and an overall bore. This was not worht the rental. The environmental soldier twist was just over the top. Glad it was only a rental, still a waste of money.
  • Jeez, some people don't like it LOL

    5
    By Trustworthy 55
    People are so odd. 50/50, and then you have the critics. It's never right. The world is INSANE LOL. (The movie is great BTW)
  • Awful

    1
    By LMGoodman
    Truly awful
  • Amazing

    5
    By TheThirdVopat
    One of the best American made movies this year.
  • Terrible

    1
    By Grahxx
    This movei is terrible. It is a waste of 14 dollars. Not sure how it has a 93 percent tomatoes rating. Good actors but a bad script. Couldn't even finish the movie. My whole family agreed with me. I want my money back. That leading actress was good in Ted 2. Itunes shouldn't even sell this kind of garbage. dscsdc ds csd c sdc sdc sd csd c sdc s dc sdc s cs dcs sd csd cs dc sdc sd c dsc sd c sd cs dc sd c sdc sd cs dc sdc e fw fer ge g tg t g rf ds ca sd asd a sd sa d cad f
  • By the time you read this, I will be dead

    4
    By Parallax Condor
    Fantastic movie. Shades of “Taxi Driver” all over this thing, and yet none of them feel forced or shout-out inappropriate - instead, if anything, this opens the eyes of a “Taxi Driver” lover even wider, enabling one to see other wrinkles in, other motivations for, Travis’ character. Only quibble is that it seems slightly mis-labeled as a “thriller” - that had me guessing (spoiler alert) whether the environmentalist’s suicide was real, whether Balq or other environmental militants or (especially) Amanda Seyfried might have killed him and set Hawke up to take the fall. Nice red herring job with that - witnessing and understanding the crisis of faith that was ultimately at issue instead was rewarding on its own.

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