Julian’s review published on Letterboxd:
What to do when the end is near? Would we panic; cry; pray; doubt; kill ourselves before the end has even arrived? Would we do the things we always wanted to do; or would we keep on doing the things we've always done, as if nothing has changed? There's so many things to be done, but we haven't got a clue what we'd do, until we're there ourselves.
In one of the first scenes you see Cisco, the writer, writing about the end and you see Skye, the artist, continuing working on the artwork she's been making, but what for. Why would you continue doing such things, when there won't be anyone to see it? What is the purpose of doing those things? Is there even any purpose?
I'm not kidding when I say this is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. Top 25 as of now. First Reformed doesn't hold a single candle to this masterpiece. I'm really not sure if I've watched the same film as all the people who have this such a low rating and say it's confusing and incomprehensible. Every single emotion and thought the film was trying to convey was felt by me intensely. The whole experience feels more real and painful than any other apocalypse film. I don't think there are many films that frighten me as much as 4:44.
This might be my favorite Willem Dafoe performance.
So much eternal dread, right until the end.