The Wall Reviews

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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
September 18, 2013
Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet inspiring, "The Wall" ("Die Wand") is a stunning tale of isolation and survival in a wild and silent world.
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
An elegant, slow-burning exercise in narrative minimalism.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 23, 2013
Pölsler's film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 15, 2013
It's a shudder-inducing original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 3, 2013
This mesmerising, austere and contemplative film provides a rarefied yet utterly immersive viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2013
A remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
June 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 31, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
May 30, 2013
The photography is often lovely, and Ms. Gedeck convincingly portrays a woman who as the ordeal stretches on month after month seems to be gradually losing her individuality and blending into the landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
May 29, 2013
The Wall reps another showcase for the mesmerizing face of thesp Martina Gedeck.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
May 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
May 28, 2013
Gedeck narrates in full paragraphs, explaining every feeling, telling us about moments it might have been nice to see dramatized.
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
February 21, 2012
Ambitious adaptation of a fable-like feminist novel provides an impressive one-woman showcase for lead Martina Gedeck.