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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 5, 2008
What we don't suspect, going in, is that a film of such plain-speaking admonitions can exploit the element of surprise. Yet this heartfelt and precisely assembled drama does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 5, 2008
Propelled by the beautiful camerawork and scenery that moves back and forth between pastoral idyll and urban chaos as it takes the viewer on a journey that ends with a final image as quiet and beautiful as any in recent cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2008
Loneliness, loss and capricious love guide the fortunes of three families in this powerful, beautifully realized drama by German-Turkish writer/director Fatih Akin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 31, 2008
The Edge of Heaven explores topics as varied as the tensions that accompany multiculturalism and globalization to the simpler human drama of how individuals cope with losses for which they bear a portion of the responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 29, 2008
The care that Akin expends on his people is skimped in the structure of his screenplay.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 27, 2008
In a single two-hour film, Akin strikes the notes of emotional distress, geographical dissonance, generational discord, and nearly divine convergence that Kieslowski orchestrated over nearly six hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 19, 2008
The Edge of Heaven is the movie Babel so badly wanted to be.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
Akin's purpose, I think, is a simple one: He wants us to meet these people, know them, sympathize with them....I found them fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2008
The film has a bit of the overdetermined, cosmic-coincidence quality you find, for example, in a work like Babel. These are troubled people caught in the grip of fate, yet Akin, I think, has the skill and the insight to make do with a little less p
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 30, 2008
An exquisitely mysterious feature by the German-born Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2008
It's a beautiful, unexpectedly enrapturing story about a world in transition and both the closeness and unbridgeable divide between generations and cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 28, 2008
The Edge of Heaven is a film to be seen, savored and thoughtfully appreciated.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2008
A stirring drama of frayed nationality and hungry connection.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
May 23, 2008
As a director [Akin] is clearly a humanist, championing the virtues of forgiveness and relying on strong narrative and deep sympathy for his characters to drive his movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 23, 2008
The Edge Of Heaven's final part is less spectacular by design, and feels a little forced at times, but Akin's multigenerational cast helps give the story a touching sense of perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 23, 2008
All too often, films about interconnected lives stumble under the weight of coincidences. Not The Edge of Heaven. Akin, who also scripted, is too savvy to let that happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 23, 2008
Like a more personal, less pretentious version of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel, this spiraling dissection of circumstance, choice and fate is more about thoroughness of vision than tricky storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 23, 2008
A near-perfect tangle of poignant allusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 23, 2008
Powerful, sexually graphic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 21, 2008
In the course of the extraordinary film The Edge of Heaven children are lost, lost parents are never found, and generational and geographical distances grow wider.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 21, 2008
If the united Europe aspires to compete with America globally, this is good news -- they've found their own Paul Haggis!
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 19, 2008
The Edge of Heaven is about something more exasperating than crossed paths; it is about paths that almost cross but don't, and the tragedy of the near-miss.
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Derek Elley
Variety
May 24, 2007
The point at which a good director crosses the career bridge to become a substantial international talent is vividly clear in The Edge of Heaven, an utterly assured, profoundly moving fifth feature by Fatih Akin.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2007
Intricate and moving drama about life's struggles and near misses.