• Unrated, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Julian Pölsler
    In Theaters:
    May 31, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 21, 2013
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The Wall Reviews

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Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

We may find out how Gedeck's character reacts to her isolation, but we're never privy to her actual feelings, largely because in a film about a sudden onset of solitude, Pölsler is far too afraid of silence.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 27, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Gedeck narrates in full paragraphs, explaining every feeling, telling us about moments it might have been nice to see dramatized.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 28, 2013
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Introspective but rarely cerebral, The Wall is too frustratingly obtuse despite boasting a solid central performance and lush visuals.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

October 24, 2012
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]

The sheer quantity of voiceover - or, more likely, subtitles - acts as a barrier to deep psychological immersion.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 7, 2013
Brian Tallerico

Starts with an interesting concept but goes nowhere with it, giving the viewer too little with which to relate or comprehend and asking them to mistake the clunky narrative as "deep."

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 2.0/5.0

July 5, 2013
Brent Simon

A German/Austrian import so weighed down by a stereotypically angst-ridden voiceover of emotional numbness and philosophical despair that one could be forgiven for thinking Werner Herzog wrote it as a goof.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: D+

June 14, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

An intriguing story, beautifully shot and grippingly acted. But the script retains too much of the novel in an annoyingly unnecessary voiceover. And writer-director Polsler visually botches some of the key events.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2013
Gabe Toro
The Playlist

The Wall seems to be telling the story about assimilation, about a woman who accepts her lot and attempts to persevere through the cruelest of conditions, an unspoken martyr. Perhaps it would carry much more power had she not been so chatty.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B-

May 31, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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Haushofer's book may be a classic, but this is the least imaginative way of filming it imaginable, short of simply pointing the camera at a copy and rapidly flipping the pages.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

June 6, 2013
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

Has any movie ever had so much gab on the soundtrack? Every confession, every philosophical tidbit of the movie's tormented female protagonist.

Full Review Source: Arts Fuse | Original Score: 2 stars

September 21, 2013
Stephanie King
Electric Sheep

If you surrender to the style and premise, it's a rich and immensely rewarding film that begs repeat viewing.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

July 8, 2013
J.C. Maçek III

The Wall is nothing if not a mystery. Surely the premise would propel such a story into the realm of sci-fi and fantasy, but Pölsler and Gedeck never approach the story in this way, nor do they give us any easy answers to what has really happened and why.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 8/10

November 5, 2013
Stefan Pape

The Wall is a riveting piece of cinema, and given it bears such a simplistic, obscure narrative, Pölsler does a fine job holding down your attention throughout.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 5, 2013
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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An elegant, slow-burning exercise in narrative minimalism.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 12, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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"The Wall" winds up as a captivating fable, an end-times scenario that's more about the survival of the spirit than the body.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2013
Carmen Gray
Total Film

The story is slow-paced and eventless but the cinematography makes the most of the landscape, while voiceover diary readings give us access to her thoughts.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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Pölsler's film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal.

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

August 23, 2013
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Though its blanketed voiceover narration can be too on-the-nose-it's a metaphor, we get it-the film packs a psychic punch, thanks to Gedeck's spectrally wearied face.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

May 28, 2013
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies

A lover and a fighter. This will remind you to hold everything dear.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

July 4, 2013
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A deeply moving, complex and thought-provoking parable that you won't soon forget. Martina Gedeck gives a raw, tour de force performance.

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

June 3, 2013
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