Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) Reviews

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Duncan Fallowell
The Spectator
July 21, 2015
This is Fassbinder's first public showing in this country and it will not be the last; [he's] a highly skilled German director not yet thirty who also wrote the screenplay and indeed the theme music.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 1, 2014
[Fassbinder's] framing is immaculate, his themes are powerful, and the performances are great.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
June 3, 2014
Fassbinder's historicism is a crucial aspect of his modernism: he didn't just make use of prior forms, he quoted them, and derived from them the ironies implicit in his melodramatic styles.
David Keyes
August 6, 2013
The movie operates in passages of such raw and resonating veracity that they seem almost too stark to be in a movie.
Cole Smithey
March 5, 2013
"Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" is a timeless examination of the insidious effects of prejudice and racism on relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 25, 2011
This 1974 film stands as one of Fassbinder's sturdiest achievements, posed between the low-budget funkiness of his early features and the mannerism of his late period.

May 25, 2011
A powerful attempt to deal with a range of serious issues as well as the characters' own complex psychologies. Visually and dramatically intense, it remains one of Fassbinder's finest.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 25, 2011
Affecting and moving drama that really explores the selfish nature behind human actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 6, 2009
A magnificently laconic distillate of taboo and conformism
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Variety Staff
June 26, 2008
Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 18, 2006
A mordant satire that's also a touching romance and a powerful indictment of prejudice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Fassbinder made this one on the cheap between bigger projects and scored with a beautifully observed, and even oddly gentle tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Fassbinder uses dramatic and visual excess to push everyday events to extremes, achieving a degree of political and psychological truth not accessible through mere social realism.
Emanuel Levy
August 26, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It is, rather, another quite courageous attempt by Mr. Fassbinder to develop a film style free of the kind of realistic conventions that sentimentalize life's mysteries.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 21, 2004
A simple and powerful film of great and quiet beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2003
A chilling tale about bias.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Keith Uhlich
September 27, 2003
Many of Fassbinder's best films possess a kind of cosmic balance. No one character or belief rises above another without the other shoe dropping.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 31, 2003
Ali's terse speaking matter is ripe with aphorisms, but it's also another way for Fassbinder to evoke the suspended animation of his character's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 22, 2003
A movie that's simple and honest. It plays universally and feels particularly relevent in 21st century America.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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