Overall Rank: 884
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 13
Theatrical Release Date: 09/02/2017
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 08/21/2018
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Paul Schrader
Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, Michael Gaston, Cedric the Entertainer, Van Hansis, Victoria Hill
Plot: Reverend Ernst Toller presides over a dwindling congregation in the historic First Reformed Church in upstate New York. As the church prepares for a 250th anniversary celebration, Toller, who struggles with depression and loneliness, finds his life slipping out of control when he tries to help a pregnant parishioner. -- Chris Kavan
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Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/01/2019
Take some religious reflection. a healthy pinch of environmentalism and just a dash of Taxi Driver (which, unsurprisingly, was also written by writer/director Paul Schrader) and you have First Reformed. The film follows troubled minister Toller (a superb Ethan Hawke) deals with his own health issues and doubts, the 250th Anniversary of his historical/tourist trap church (the First Reformed - hence the title) and a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) with an environmentally-obsessed husband (Philip Ettinger) - all leading towards a dangerous path (and ambiguous ending). It's daring, a bit trippy and certainly worth watching.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 09/03/2018
"There goes my head"
It's strange, two years ago Paul Schrader made the most convoluted movie of his career with 'Dog Eat Dog', then make something so masterful like this. Anywhere...
'First Reformed' is easily one of my favorite movies of 2018. Absolutely captivating from start till finish. A strong character study on faith and pain. An Excellent performances from Ethan Hawke, who's facial expressions and his tried voice says so much about the character. You're just waiting for his frustration to explode. Also, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, and Philip Ettinger were all superb.
My only issues with the film is it's main message about the environment, which got a little heavy handed after awhile, to the point where you're just thinking "OK, I get it". I …
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