Wall Street Journal - 09/11/2009
“Jacques Audiard's masterful A PROPHET stretches the concept of entertainment by taking us into the brutish world of a French prison...”
Film Comment - 01/01/2010
"[W]ith its lush Alexandre Desplat score, deeply shadowed compositions, and fluid, understated camera movement, A PROPHET is distinctly an Audiard construction."
Empire - 01/22/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rahim shifts from wary tough-nut to keen student to aloof enigma in the furrow of a brow. It's a masterful performance..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/26/2010
"[T]he masterful A PROPHET, is an answered prayer for those who believe that revitalizing classic forms with contemporary attitudes makes for the most compelling kind of cinema."
USA Today - 02/26/2010
"Rahim is superb in a lead role that calls for him to be both sympathetic and ruthless. With his soulful dark eyes, he powerfully conveys a primal need for self-preservation."
Box Office - 02/23/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "It says much for the ability of director Jacques Audiard that he manages to create an emotional intensity that lifts the commonplace on to a higher plain."
A.V. Club - 02/25/2010
"[It's] like a Gallic GOODFELLAS: thoroughly absorbing, exciting, even poetic. It's a full evening's entertainment." -- Grade: A-
Wall Street Journal - 02/26/2010
"[An] incendiary crime epic....Like THE GODFATHER, which it regularly recalls, A PROPHET serves up crime as metaphor for life and power, set in a world of chaos that is dependent on codes and rules."
New York Times - 02/26/2010
"Like his character, Mr. Rahim's performance sneaks up from behind....A thrilling film."
Movieline - 02/25/2010
"Contrasting a cold-eyed naturalism with calm, almost soothing hallucinations of his victim and impressionistic internalizations, Audiard creates a seductive psychology..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/05/2010
"[The director] proceeds with calm, unshowy attentiveness, creating a stunning portrait of an innately smart survivor..." -- Grade: A-
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/03/2010 4 stars out of 4 -- "The best performance in the film is by Arestrup as Cesar....The newcomer Rahim is an enigma."
Rolling Stone - 03/18/2010 4 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his knockout punch of a thriller surpasses its trappings to speak in a universal language about the ways power corrupts the human condition."
Washington Post - 03/12/2010 3.5 stars of 4 -- "[Audiard draws] viewers into the densely layered, ruthless ecology of a French prison..."
At age 18, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is just beginning a six-year prison sentence in this drama from THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED director Jacques Audiard. Though he cannot read or write, Malik soon figures out the politics of the prison system, giving him a prime spot in the power struggle between two battling groups of prisoners. THE PROPHET reunites Audiard with two of his stars from THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED, Niels Arestrup and Gilles Cohen, as well as that film's director of photography, Stéphane Fontaine, and its composer, Alexandre Desplat.
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