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Revanche Reviews

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 27, 2009
Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

October 18, 2008
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

May 11, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 6, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The performers do terrifically understated work. Even in a scene of angry, anguished coupling, silence and stillness persist.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 26, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 8, 2009
Leo Robson
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2010
Lee Griffiths
Little White Lies

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

April 30, 2010
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

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 Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Intelligent, compelling and elegant with as many surprises and ambiguities as a great suspense thriller.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 9.0/10

April 30, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Revenge is a dish best served Austrian in Revanche.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2009
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Here justice moves slowly, and in mysterious ways - and Spielmann's final reckoning of accounts, though unexpected, is subtly satisfying.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 13, 2010
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

"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."

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 1, 2013
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An unbearably taut, slow-simmering noir transposed to the vast countryside and its patient, drawn-out rhythms.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

December 14, 2009
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A modern fable which draws broad parallels and depicts profound moral quandaries with an elegance and frankness rare in cinema.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

May 1, 2010
Sarah Boslaugh

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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 7/10

July 31, 2009
Kam Williams

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 Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

May 1, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Intoxicating thriller in which blame, guilt, revenge and retribution are the themes

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 11, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Marvellous performances help to make this a riveting film with much to say about human nature

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 11, 2009
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