Apostle Reviews

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December 17, 2018
Evans departs from his usual action fare to weave a gripping story centered around unique Pagan-like mythology steeped in blood and sacrifice. It's folk horror, but with a new level of brutality and viscera unlike most of its ilk.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 10, 2018
Gothic horror pic that's all style and of little substance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 1, 2018
If it's undeniably riddled with imperfections, Apostle is still a worthy new venture from an abundantly talented filmmaker.
October 29, 2018
Gareth Evans's gory slow-burn horror/thriller patiently drills its images and themes of idolatry into your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2018
Evans submerges much of the current European malaise about tradition and economic disenfranchisement underneath a vicious cat-and-mouse game.
October 19, 2018
Whilst it does lose its way, Apostle is still an effective and very decent mystery-horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
October 19, 2018
This isn't to say that Apostle is a flawless victory - far from it, in fact - but it's a worthy (and necessary) stepping stone for a filmmaker who will only move up the ranks in the years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2018
A brutal piece of work, which, if you're familiar with director Gareth Evans' aesthetic, is like describing the sun as hot; he treats his supporting characters as pieces of meat to be relieved, screaming, of their breath, whether by gun or spear or worse.
October 18, 2018
For his latest film, Apostle, Evans shows no signs of being rusty with his keen genre storytelling abilities, delivering up an enthralling and brutal descent into madness anchored by a breathless performance from Dan Stevens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2018
For everything that works, Apostle never quite delivers on its promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2018
Evans makes sure aggression flows throughout this turn-of-the-century horror show, dipping a mix of "The Crucible" and "The Wicker Man" into a gurgling vat of blood and pain.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 15, 2018
While some aspects of the story practically jump out at you, most of the secrets of the island will keep you guessing well past the two-thirds mark of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2018
Evans is an exceptional action filmmaker, but here he also proves himself an equally adept storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 15, 2018
A grimy period piece that puts lofty, unresolvable questions about fanaticism through a creaky, hand-operated torture device.
October 15, 2018
Apostle blends atmospheric storytelling with grisly brutality to mixed results, but makes for an effectively nasty (and bizarre) horror movie overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2018
Gareth Evans' pivot from martial arts understands cult fervor has its own fighting stance and frantic energy. Action bursts here feel both like concession and inevitability, their pleasures plenty but perhaps less immediate in their initial burst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 12, 2018
But for the most part, it's a breathlessly oppressive experience, a dark and sometimes strikingly beautiful film that lives up to its most obvious cinematic forefathers.
October 12, 2018
If you're on the hunt for a frightening and original horror movie, it's a stellar choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2018
You'll be on the edge of your seat for the entire second half. On the other hand, you'll want to shower afterwards.
October 12, 2018
While nothing is as virtuosic here as in The Raid movies, Apostle is nevertheless a satisfying, gory, and strange trek into religious terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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