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Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unpleasant but thoughtful and provocative psychodrama set in Berlin, in the 1930s.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

July 30, 2012
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Fassbinder films life in the cosseted class as a masque of glass and mirrors, replete with alluring deceptions and suave surfaces that belie volcanic passions.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 27, 2012
Philip Kemp
Total Film

Everything about Despair feels queasily off - the plot, the acting, the dialogue and the fussily over-decorated sets.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

A superb surrealist noir.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

January 5, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Not one of [Fassbinder's] best.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

June 10, 2011
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine

Of the authorial trifecta that created Despair, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's voice is the most pronounced.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

June 7, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

A lambent house of cards

Full Review Source: CinePassion

February 4, 2010

TV Guide's Movie Guide

It is beautifully photographed by Ballhaus in a frame filled with reflective glass and mirrors.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2006

Time Out
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Bold, garish and obsessive, but more than a little irritating.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The Stoppard script is a joy for anyone who likes the English language.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Despair is a surreal version of a Vladimir Nabokov novel with a poised performance by Dirk Bogarde.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 24, 2004


It suffers from obfuscation and from the fact that it is in English.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

January 5, 2012
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

June 26, 2005

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March 26, 2009
Carloss James Chamberlin
Senses of Cinema
May 20, 2006
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