World on a Wire Reviews

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Matthew Sorrento
IdentityTheory
May 20, 2012
Fassbinder could take on any style and make it his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 2, 2012
Pardon me if I get a little choked up, but this is Rainer Werner Fassbinder we're talking about.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 17, 2012
a film of ideas and questions whose prescient take on virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and the moral responsibility humans have toward machines made in their likeness presages such millennial films "The Matrix" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
March 16, 2012
A visually impressive tale full of mysterious characters and a dark sense of humor, Fassbender's film is also a densely plotted, surrealistic film full of plenty of twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 10, 2012
... a heady, witty, stylistically audacious, highly compelling, and very entertaining science fiction thriller years ahead of its time.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2011
If you know Fassbinder, you might want to see this as an exercise of his mind, a demonstration of how one of his stories might be transformed by the detachment of science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 22, 2011
"World on a Wire" is genuinely breathtaking: a long, satisfying encounter with the relatively newly hatched Fassbinder spinning off an epic story with effortless, masterful ease.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 15, 2011
It starts slowly, then develops an irresistible momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 7, 2011
A philosophical mystery thriller done with self-conscious camp and insouciant profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 24, 2011
Both an astonishing display of precocious cinematic virtuosity and an anguished avowal of its psychic toll.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 23, 2011
A mini-masterpiece of the 1970s European design aesthetic and a major addition to the immense and baffling oeuvre of Fassbinder...
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
July 21, 2011
Seen now, the movie seems as timely as it is outdated, its themes contemporary even if its clothing and hairdos are anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
July 17, 2011
Fassbinder, who also co-adapted the film's screenplay, usually makes a point of undermining the affectation of his melodramas with jarring intrusions of camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
June 17, 2011
When the action slows down for characters to trade deep insights about the nature of reality, you can just bliss out on the production design and wardrobe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
May 13, 2011
Fassbinder's film startles as a truly Borgesian, trenchant political vision of order as artificial reality.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 2, 2010
This is Fassbinder at the top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
July 6, 2010
It's astonishing that such painfully obvious themes can also be so painfully provocative.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 16, 2010
Fassbinder and his longtime cinematographer, Michael Ballhaus, move the camera, alighting as if by accident on resonant and complex compositions, is nothing short of breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 14, 2010
It's remarkable how current it all seems.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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