Excerpt: John White has reviewed Only God Forgives for this website and you can find his review here . I pretty much agree with everything he says and although the film is likely to divide viewers, it's not quite like anything else I've ever seen.
Excerpt: Through Drive 's enticing stylistic veneer, Nicolas Winding Refn attempted to deconstruct the macho posturing of the action-hero archetype, and explore the inherent ugliness of the violence perpetrated by such figures.
Conclusion: From Nicolas Winding Refn, if you're expecting another film that matches up with 'Drive,' prepare yourself for disappointment. 'Only God Forgives' may have the strong filmmaking qualities that we wish every film carried, but the story itself is messy and missing several key elements that connect us...
Summary: Eliciting boos at Cannes before winning top honours at the Sydney Film Fest, Only God Forgives is proving even more polarising than the last Nicolas Winding Refn / Ryan Gosling collaboration, Drive . Ostensibly a crime narrative, tonally it’s more of a surreal horror.