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Revanche Reviews

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2009
Revanche is almost fatally reluctant to get its hands dirty, its milieu shifting on a violent twist from a grimy Vienna brothel to the rural exurbs for buckets of guilt, angst, and frequently clumsy metaphors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
With the rudiments of a crime thriller and the makings of a psychological suspense, the drawn-out unfolding of events encourages expectations of a smarter twist or more impressive ending.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
May 11, 2009
Goetz Spielmann's overpraised Austrian Oscar submission Revanche is a slight film masquerading as a significant one, and a work whose style and substance are irreconcilably at odds with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2009
Revanche involves a rare coming together of a male's criminal nature and a female's deep needs, entwined with a first-rate thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 26, 2009
The performers do terrifically understated work. Even in a scene of angry, anguished coupling, silence and stillness persist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 14, 2009
A film of carefully strained pulp and rigorously controlled intrigue, the Austrian revenge drama Revanche, which is really about the dividing line between vengeance and forgiveness, belongs to a neo-noir universe where all the classical genre laws apply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 8, 2009
The title means 'revenge', but that's a deliberate simplification; Mr. Spielmann's film is full of surprises and, in its distinctive way, full of life.
Leo Robson
Financial Times
April 29, 2010
Tauntingly slow but hauntingly shot (and edited with crisp abruptness), it was a deserving nominee for Best Foreign Film at last year's Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lee Griffiths
Little White Lies
April 30, 2010
Aided by a terrific performance from Krisch and an exceptional ensemble cast, Revanche is a beautifully crafted psychological thriller that should firmly place Götz Spielmann on the world cinema map.
| Original Score: 4/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
November 21, 2009
The precise camera placement in every scene brings the audience an up-close and personal vantage point. The sights and sounds of nature play an integral part in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 30, 2009
Intelligent, compelling and elegant with as many surprises and ambiguities as a great suspense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 5, 2009
Revenge is a dish best served Austrian in Revanche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 13, 2010
Here justice moves slowly, and in mysterious ways - and Spielmann's final reckoning of accounts, though unexpected, is subtly satisfying.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
"It works because Spielmann has established that we're not watching belabored dramatic trajectories collide, but an encounter between two people in miles-away mindsets."
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 14, 2009
An unbearably taut, slow-simmering noir transposed to the vast countryside and its patient, drawn-out rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
A modern fable which draws broad parallels and depicts profound moral quandaries with an elegance and frankness rare in cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
July 31, 2009
The quiet cinematography by Martin Gschlacht underscores the film's emphasis on characters rather than action while placing the characters in very specific contexts...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
May 1, 2009
A mesmerizing masterpiece which eloquently meshes the raw, super-realism found in Eastern Promises with the manipulative, mental chess moves of David Mamet's House of Games.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 11, 2009
Intoxicating thriller in which blame, guilt, revenge and retribution are the themes
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 11, 2009
Marvellous performances help to make this a riveting film with much to say about human nature
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