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Revanche Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
January 22, 2010
A surprisingly unruffled tale of love, thievery, murder and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4.0
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
January 22, 2010
The plot might have yielded a generic erotic thriller if Revanche were made by rougher hands. Instead it becomes something more sophisticated thanks to the efforts of writer-director Götz Spielmann and a superb cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 5, 2009
There's real biblical tragedy, and redemption, in Spielmann's fine, sad, suspenseful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 14, 2009
A film of carefully strained pulp and rigorously controlled intrigue, the Austrian revenge drama Revanche, which is really about the dividing line between vengeance and forgiveness, belongs to a neo-noir universe where all the classical genre laws apply.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2009
Writer-director Gotz Spielmann (Antares) avoids the clutter and manipulation of most thrillers, escalating tension almost solely through the characters' turbulent emotions.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2009
Revanche involves a rare coming together of a male's criminal nature and a female's deep needs, entwined with a first-rate thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 30, 2009
The title Revanche means 'retribution,' and this Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film is a European extract of neo-noir, like a Bavarian Body Heat or a Teutonic 21 Grams.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 26, 2009
The performers do terrifically understated work. Even in a scene of angry, anguished coupling, silence and stillness persist.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 5, 2009
This cool, tense Austrian thriller follows a Ukrainian hooker and her petty criminal boyfriend as they try to escape their dead-end lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2009
Revanche is an extraordinary film, mythic in feeling, about an ex-con who falls in love with a prostitute and how their lives intertwine fatefully with that of a policeman and his wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 29, 2009
The uniformly crackerjack cast keeps things electric, yet always believable, even when behaving in ways that are shocking.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 13, 2009
As long as Revanche focuses on the relationship between Tamara (Irina Potapenko), an indentured Ukrainian prostitute, and Alex (Johannes Krisch), the ex-con gofer and would-be tough guy who wants to help her escape, it's riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2009
Intense and emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 8, 2009
The title means 'revenge', but that's a deliberate simplification; Mr. Spielmann's film is full of surprises and, in its distinctive way, full of life.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 1, 2009
The coincidences might be too much for some, but viewers who can get past them will be treated to a suspenseful, well-acted, crisply photographed character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 1, 2009
A tidy, glum thriller that aims for a tone of sour humanism, perched just on the near edge of cynical despair.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
May 1, 2009
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 30, 2009
There's a moral beauty in the movie's consideration of violence and vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 30, 2009
Revanche is, first and foremost, a good story, craftily told.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
April 28, 2009
Directed with terrific control and economy of means by Spielmann -- a film and theater vet who has had only one previous movie distributed in the U.S. -- Revanche gets its hooks into you early and leaves them there/
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 22, 2009
One of the most compelling assemblages of character studies I have seen so far in this too-often-dismal year of moviegoing.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 3, 2009
Revanche, a recent Austrian entry in the foreign film Oscar race, is both shocking in its starkness and subtle in its low seethe of dangerous intent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
With the rudiments of a crime thriller and the makings of a psychological suspense, the drawn-out unfolding of events encourages expectations of a smarter twist or more impressive ending.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
October 18, 2008
All actors turn in fine, naturalistic perfs, but it would be remiss not to remark on 83-year-old Thanheiser's profoundly moving turn as the grandfather.