Rafael Jovine’s review published on Letterboxd:
Look, I am not gonna lie... I'm suuuuuuuuuuupper pissed at that little Klara b**ch and her stupid nose tic. In a much perfect ending, all the kids in these movie would have teamed up and kick her down to the ground, she's not a kid, she's not a human, she's a predator monster!!
Ok, trust me that text above is less than what I really wanted to say, but I will just leave it at that.
In regards to this movie, I've been hearing about it for so long, being so overly hyped and as you can see by my rating, I genuinely believe its all deservedly so. This is Madds greatest performance, even when he barely speaks and plays very low-key most of the time, yet, even then, it was much powerful than his most "loudest" role. There's an inherent warmth and likeability to his character that you can't help but feel for him when he's going through all these trial. The rest of the character also do a great job, most of them playing a bunch of scum to perfection.
I really loved the script as well. Its pretty simple and straightforward. And its because of this that personally the whole thing hit much harder. Differently to "Doubt" where you have no idea whether or not there's a pedophilia case, right of get-go you know its all bs. So as Lucas starts feeling much powerless as all these injustice unravels. And the worst of all, its that none of it actually feels far-fetched, but rather real, where there are people that will believe a kids' word above other things. Maybe because of this, the ending didn't sit well with me and feels the most unrealistic and almost betrays the whole picture in a way.
All in all, I could go and on why this is a fantastic film, but all I can simply resume is due to its amazing lead perfomances and strong script. Vinterberg (a former member of Dogma 65) tackles on this hot topics with such a rawness that feels honest, and doesn't feel like a call for attention as other of his former mates.