Woyzeck (1979)



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Utilizing the more grotesque elements of German expressionism, director Werner Herzog plunges us directly into the middle of his story of a soldier who is conditioned to be an unthinking killing machine. His one vestige of humanity is his love for the beautiful Marie.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Georg Büchner, Werner Herzog
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 1991


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Critic Reviews for Woyzeck

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Woyzeck is, if possible, ever more mysterious by the time we reach the end than it is at the beginning.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Handsomely mounting each scene, the director has trouble attaining any forward momentum, though he achieves some powerful moments while trying.

Full Review… | February 3, 2003
AV Club
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The film seems to have been barely directed--the camera setups are relentlessly banal.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Often painful but never truly affecting.

Full Review… | May 25, 2005
Film Freak Central

Klaus Kinski is exceptional and Herzog's narrative captivating.

April 23, 2003

Audience Reviews for Woyzeck

I liked the parts of Woyzeck (Klaus Kinski's a m a z i n g performance and Werner Herzog's brilliant direction) but for some odd reason I didn't wind up loving the sum of said parts. For me the watch was kind of grueling (namely the story) but at by the time the whole thing was done I'm glad I saw it, but I don't feel the need to ever see Woyzeck ever again. Recommended but not exactly essential outside of Kinski's work.

Michael Gildea

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The combined raw acting talent of Kinski and the brilliance (and notably different directing style for this film) of Herzog combined makes this film great. It?s the script that makes it stand out as being fantastic!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Intense & powerful, Kinski rules

Arash Xak

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