Import/Export Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 5, 2010
Import Export adds the welcome element of humanity to stand between the cruelty and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 18, 2010
Eastern work ethic vs. the softer West. It is clear who Seidl sides with.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
August 6, 2009
Technically, the sedate yet stunning 35mm camera is there for the ride and somehow never imposes or dominates the content. And the result is a true triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 4, 2009
Occasionally drags, but offers a relentlessly stark glimpse into the morbid, tragic life of two lost souls who haven't found happiness or prosperity.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 31, 2009
The mood is as dismal as the weather in Import/Export, by Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 31, 2009
Ulrich Seidl's Import Export is an unflinching, at times almost unbearably hard yet moral look at human exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 30, 2009
blunt and brutal
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 30, 2009
Import Export demands we contemplate the horror and the beauty of existence in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
July 28, 2009
The titular backslash of Import/Export turns out to be a vast geographical schism, crossed only intermittently by thin strands of mutual emotional anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
July 21, 2009
Seidl's film arguably offers the toughest (and toughest to stomach) portrait of individuals tempest-tossed by the currents of the new global economy.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 3, 2008
Sometimes a bit hard to stomach, but has such vividly realistic characters and situations that it can't be ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 3, 2008
Seidl is a special talent, reared on documentary and determined to get near the truth with a placidly baleful eye. You are at liberty to hate or admire his work - but you can scarcely ignore it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Gill
Independent
October 3, 2008
At times it feels like a continuation of Lukas Moodysson's Lilya 4-ever in its catalogue of injustices and humiliations, yet, against the odds, it rewards your endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Wigley
Total Film
October 3, 2008
Yet his unerring eye for the absurdity of human behaviour and the rituals we invent for ourselves makes this a blackly humorous treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
October 3, 2008
Veracity and mordant humour are all well and good, but Seidl treads a very fine line between making jokes about being sick and making sick jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
October 3, 2008
Import Export is a work of the utmost political importance. It is also, in its rigour and fearlessness, its sorrow and pitilessness, an outstanding artistic achievement.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 3, 2008
There is one thing that is beyond doubt: this extraordinary film makes everything else around look comfy and pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
October 3, 2008
Seidl has a distinctive and disturbing vision, but he is not inclined to explore the humanity of his characters, just their status as victim or abuser.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Film4
October 3, 2008
A political film in the widest sense of the term, the strongly acted and dispassionately photographed Import/Export holds up a troubling mirror to our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 3, 2008
A sobering treatise on the bleakness of existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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