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Gloomy Sunday (Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod)

Gloomy Sunday (Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod) (2003)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 10

Gloomy Sunday is beautiful, well-acted, and every bit as downcast as its title.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 4

Gloomy Sunday is beautiful, well-acted, and every bit as downcast as its title.



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Rolf Schuebel makes his directorial debut with this subtly-told true story about one the 1930s' most memorable melodies. Set just prior to WWII, the film focuses on Hungarian beauty Ilona (Erika Marozsan) and her significant other Laszlo Szabo (Joachim Krol), a dapper owner of Budapest's finest restaurant. Though Ilona is known for her prowess on the piano, the two decide to hire a professional as the finishing touch on their classy establishment. They hire Andras (Stefano Dionisi), a taciturn

Sep 12, 2006



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All Critics (72) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (10) | DVD (4)

It's intelligent, well-acted and beautifully photographed.

May 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Its old-fashioned romanticism is heady, and the relationships among the characters are intriguing.

February 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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It has enough opulent, oversized romanticism to make it a guilty pleasure, not to mention three attractive and appealing characters and, of course, that song.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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It's a stirring and provocative affirmation of the power and resilience of love.

December 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Gloomy Sunday has a mood and a magic about it that elicit emotion from the beginning and make an audience follow it down its curving and melancholy path.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Oddly enough, the film itself is lushly engaging, even if it covers some of the same ground as The Pianist with less artistry and more melodrama.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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With the Hungarian song "Gloomy Sunday" as its thematic centerpiece, this personalized story of Budapest during World War II becomes a satisfying romantic drama about four divergently different people.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source:

Undoubtedly deserves to be added to the ranks of the best Holocaust films ever made.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

It's old-fashioned, sometimes accomplished, syrupy and, at its intermittent best, absorbing.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Like many European films, GLOOMY SUNDAY has crisp cinematography and gorgeous production design, not to mention that hauntingly melancholic titular tune. The principal actors, for the most part, are attractive and talented. The movie apes the traditi

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

This strange movie has a hard time balancing all these elements, but the film's enormous passion overcomes its more obvious melodrama.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's hard to say which is more ravishing and alluring in the movie, Ms. Marozsan or the celebrated song.

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A smoothly crafted, intermittently charming film . . . the dips and turns are predictable and the tense scenes surrounding unhinged or scheming Nazis have been done before.

May 6, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It's a film worth seeking out, a good fit for a rainy Saturday or any other less-than-bright day of the week.

April 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

This is the kind of material you expect to find in a Lifetime cable-channel movie.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's a cracking good yarn, well-told and impeccably acted, especially by Król.

April 14, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A superior soap opera not unlike what Douglas Sirk might have churned out in the 1950s.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

This film is both enchanting and sad, with the Holocaust as a background element that eventually moves to the front of the storyline with painful inevitability.

April 29, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Director/co-writer Rölf Schöbel's tight, philosophically sound narrative shows the essential relation of nationalist offenses to personal demons like lust, envy and blind resentment.

February 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Despite the movie's occasional overripe charm, it's hard to see Gloomy Sunday as anything more than handsomely crafted cheese.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

For amazing performances in one of the best foreign offerings of the year, look for "Gloomy Sunday," but don't expect it to cheer you up.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source:

A wonderfully entertaining, old-fashioned melodrama of love and war.

December 29, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

ou'll have to amble through Gloomy Sunday's less than remarkable, albeit haunting, first half (but it) swells up to a fitting bookend and zinger of a finish.

December 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Audience Reviews for Gloomy Sunday (Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod)

creaky melodrama
November 8, 2007

Super Reviewer

The story about the song is absurd, the menage-a-trois is not sexy, but the atmosphere is nice and you cant take yours eyes off Erika Marozsan..she is just gorgeous. A little slow, though, and a little uneventful. Really good ending, however, which almost makes me forgive the rest.
June 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

Seeing its high rating and believing it to be factual, I pounced upon it. But no sooner did the movie begin I found the proceedings to be too good to be true. And so it obviously was. The factual events are finely woven in this drama. I'd have enjoyed it more had it been without certain scenes. But having seen it, I guess they were necessary, or at least some of them. But I can't have everything my way. Putting that aside, the movie takes a dull start, but gets its grip firm as it advances, then takes a nap, then again becomes interesting,... and so on and forth. This tale of love, lies and betrayal is full of highs and lows. Predictable as it stands, it's interesting nevertheless. In fact, it's so great that (happened to encounter in Trivia section) it's been running daily since 2001 (till at least 10.30.2011 when this was written if the facts were factual!!!) at the Academy Arts Centre Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand (so what if it's an accommodating 11 seat theater?).

Surely worth a watch... and a gloomy Sunday may help more ;-)
October 30, 2011

Super Reviewer

As lovely and haunting as the song...
August 21, 2011

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