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Yella Reviews

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Chris Darke
Film Comment Magazine

Petzold, a leading light of the current generation of young German filmmakers, succeeds in making the modern world strange again.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 14, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An edgy, intellectual and enigmatic dream-like metaphysical thriller about living in post-reunification contemporary German as a venture capitalist.

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

April 24, 2012
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Yella is a strange beast: a twisty, slightly surreal mystery wrapped around the tedious art of the business deal.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

July 28, 2009
Chris Cabin

The twist ending that softens the blow of this otherwise unique and atmospheric work is not for me to ruin, but it should be said that it shows a chink in the filmmaker's armor

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

February 25, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A strange blend of corporate thriller and supernatural mystery.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 1, 2008
Stan Hall

While too lean and unassuming to provide real chills, Yella is a cool, disorienting trip, a meditation on death and the complexity of the human brain.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

September 19, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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This unusual film has all the appearance of simply being a well-done drama, but there is considerably more on writer-director Christian Petzold's mind.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2008
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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[A] tightly controlled metaphysical horror movie.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 18, 2008
Brian Orndorf

Yella clamps down on the viewer with a psychological hold that doesn't immediately reveal itself.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

September 18, 2008
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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This crisply made thriller begins as a harrowing tale of a young German woman stalked by her deranged ex-husband, but quickly turns into an investigation of the murkier depths of capitalism.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Strikes a perfect balance between corporate intrigue and metaphysical mystery; his 2007 drama is filled with suspense but ends in delicious ambiguity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 1, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Yella is a reserved young woman with unrevealed depths of intelligence, larceny and passion. Their gradual revelation makes this more than an ordinary thriller, in great part because of the performance of Nina Hoss in the title role.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 1, 2008
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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The German offering Yella begins with an utterly gripping first 15 minutes, follows with a passable drama and ends with a big disappointment.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 31, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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An import non-thriller so enigmatic and subtle that it's inert.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 11, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This German rip-off of Herk Harvey's 1962 Carnival of Souls replaces the junky eeriness of the original with a disassociated pretentiousness that is more irritating than creepy.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C-

July 11, 2008
David Noh
Film Journal International

The film feels far too schematic and, even allowing for its unrelentingly mercenary premise, far too cold to inspire much viewer identification.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 20, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Filmmaker Christian Petzold meets his goal of providing an alienating portrait of the business world.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 16, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Makes for interesting viewing.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Christian Petzold's disquieting German thriller feels modest while you're watching it, but makes a stronger-than-expected impact.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 16, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

German writer-director Christian Petzold transforms the classic American cult movie Carnival of Souls into a bleak drama about soul-sucking alienation in the reunited Germany.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2008
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