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Pandora's Box Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The movie's horrifying and beautiful conclusion becomes more poignant and powerful with each passing year.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

February 27, 2013
Variety Staff
Variety
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Louise Brooks, especially imported for the title role, does not pan out, due to no fault of hers. She is quite unsuited to the vamp type which was called for by the play from which the picture was made.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 27, 2013
Richard Luck
Film4

There is so much of modern movie life here that the picture, like Brooks' beauty, defies the ravages of time.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 27, 2013
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

If ever an actor was born to be seen in black-and-white it was Louise Brooks, who is as luminous as ever in this new restoration of GW Pabst's silent nightmare-melodrama.

Full Review Source: Guardian

February 27, 2013
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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One of the classic films of the German silent era.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 27, 2013
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The film...is more interested in the waywardness of almost everyone's longings and in their failures of self-preservation than it is about Lulu's particular immorality or recklessness.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: A-

January 3, 2010
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

"Pandora's Box" is a German silent film that Paris Hilton could relate to. She wouldn't like the way it ends, though.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

December 24, 2006
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

Give all due credit to Pabst, but Brooks pretty much single-handedly raises Pandora's Box above being just another doomed-bad-girl melodrama.... She makes Lulu unfathomable, a well that always has more to give. Therefore, so is the film.

Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com

December 11, 2006
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Bold for its time, this restored, uncut version is a touch slow at some points, but its star glows throughout.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

November 30, 2006
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Brooks overwhelms the lens with her magnetic eyes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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If you've never seen Brooks -- or Pandora's Box -- you've missed one of the most extraordinary personalities and films of the silent movie era.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 12, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Pabst was a psychologically astute filmmaker, but it's the shockingly sensual, charismatic Brooks that makes the picture.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

July 13, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie remains one of the most insightful depictions of the elemental incongruity between man's nature and woman's.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

July 7, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brooks offers a brilliantly guileless performance.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

June 22, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

It's something that should not be missed.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

June 17, 2006
Phil Hall
Film Threat

More than a little overbaked and frequently veering from the artistic to the artsy. But Louise Brooks is, herself, every inch a classic.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 16, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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2006 is the centennial of actress Louise Brooks, and to honor it, her greatest film, Pandora's Box, is being released in a new 35-mm print in New York's Film Forum before being taken around the country.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

June 15, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Neither an exposé of social conditions nor a psychological case study and certainly not a moral parable G. W. Pabst's Pandora's Box is a tour de force of cinematic eroticism.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 15, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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There would never be another Lulu -- nor will there ever be.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 13, 2006
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

This is a stirring vision of the world gripped by a sinister moral vice--a nosedive into a carnal abyss of despair lined with visionary chiaroscuro sights and thorny mythological references.

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

June 2, 2006
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