A film with two opposite interpretations to its title -- figuratively sad, literally joyful.
| Original Score: 3/4
A delightful oddball German comedy about a retired mine worker's musical quest.
| Original Score: 4/5
Like the films of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, Schultze Gets the Blues uses dry humor to extract laughs out of mundane situations.
| Original Score: B-
Writer-director Michael Schorr's story moves with remarkable sloth.
| Original Score: 0/4
It's a bit of a surprise when the film ends and you realize that you've been touched in unanticipated ways by Schultze's solitary quest.
...some predictable tearjerking that is only half-successful.
He does, but you probably won't, especially from watching this movie.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Krause, a natural physical comic, lights up with endearingly childish glee as he joyously samples his new life.
| Original Score: 3/4
An uncommonly good-natured and simple film, bearing no malice, holding no agenda, desiring no undue attention.
| Original Score: B
When his friends send him off to America to his town's sister city of New Braunfels for Wurstfest, Schultze begins to spiral out of control.
| Original Score: 2/4
Those who are patient enough to stick it out will be charmed.
The film's sparseness has an off-putting effect on the viewer. Schultze, the character, remains more an idea or concept than a fleshed-out human being.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Like a lazy summer day in the Big Easy, the movie sneaks up on you.
Though it sometimes seems nothing much is happening in Schultze Gets the Blues, watching it happen to the deadpan Schultze is surprisingly enjoyable.
The geriatric, Teutonic equivalent of a Jim Jarmusch film.
A delightful hodgepodge of bland and spicy fixin's and genuine pleasures and surprises that will definitely satisfy the cinematic palates of discriminating audiences.
In his debut film, German writer-director Michael Schorr has crafted a deadpan and droll, yet lyrical, whale-out-of-water tale about defying peer pressure and self-limitations.
Schultze's quiet determination in his musical quest gives the film an unexpected emotional punch.
There's a pleasant delight in the comically dour faces of these old Eastern bloc men, an appreciation of sleepy small-town life in a quaint village.
| Original Score: B+
Schorr's award-winning film may be a bit on the slight side to some tastes, but it's a journey well worth taking.