The Berlin File Reviews

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Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
December 31, 2013
Even though there's moments of exciting action and the reassembling of a government hierarchy violently taking place in front of you, The Berlin File is strapped to its restraints by its slow, meandering pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Alan Bett
The Skinny
June 24, 2013
Retrospectively cold war in tone this provides action more brutal than balletic and the promise of a Bourne-style franchise in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News
February 21, 2013
The movie offers just about all you could ask of a genre flick: poisonings, defections, a secret North Korean bank account, gloriously choreographed fights that go insanely over the top, febrile tension and doomy romance (but no sex).
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
February 15, 2013
'The Berlin File' takes Hollywood's penchant for spectacle and ADD visual neurosis to its logical albeit absurd conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2013
There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within "The Berlin File" - and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film - but it all feels somehow misshapen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
February 14, 2013
As soon as "The Berlin File" takes flight with its exhilarating action set pieces, memories of any muddles evaporate amid the tension and vivid engagement with settings, from courtyards to fields.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 14, 2013
The Berlin File benefits from gritty surroundings that add a cold war realism to this otherwise confusing tale of conflicted loyalties and secret agendas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
February 14, 2013
A sporadically entertaining, modestly ambitious shoot 'em up that frequently succumbs to spelling out its subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 14, 2013
The plot may be a challenge to figure out, but this crisply directed spy thriller from Korea holds your attention through its overall smooth professionalism.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 14, 2013
The story feels fairly perfunctory - not to mention unnecessarily knotty - but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
February 12, 2013
[A] formulaic but solid Cold War-style spy thriller, with North Korea pinch-hitting for the Soviet Union.
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David Fear
Time Out
February 12, 2013
Everything here, except the action scenes, [feels] sluggish and rote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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