Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) Reviews

Page 1 of 4
James Rocchi
May 25, 2007
Strong and artful and well-made, but it also feels like its unpredictability is actually predictable, that its unconventional narrative is, in fact, conventional.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 19, 2008
This is a movie that was pretty involving, which makes me all the more frustrated that it just ends without any closure. Sometimes it works in movies, but here it would have helped to have the story fully completed.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 21, 2008
If the united Europe aspires to compete with America globally, this is good news -- they've found their own Paul Haggis!
Chris Cabin
May 20, 2008
a globetrotting human-rights drama about deported Turkish renegades and the lesbians and bookshop owners who love them.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 31, 2008
...eventually you can't help but wonder if these poor folks are being tossed about by the capricious winds of fate -- or just jerked around by an ambitious young screenwriter.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 2, 2009
Un drama sobre encuentros y desencuentros, azar y fatalidad, entre Alemania y Turquía. No carece de interés, pero le falta rigurosidad dramática.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
May 18, 2008
Pretentious nonsense cut from the same cloth as "Crash" and "Babel". Filled to the brim with unbelievable coincidences and liberal pieties. Just the sort of thing that makes film festival panels salivate apparently.
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 29, 2008
The care that Akin expends on his people is skimped in the structure of his screenplay.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
Akin's purpose, I think, is a simple one: He wants us to meet these people, know them, sympathize with them....I found them fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
July 31, 2008
The Edge of Heaven explores topics as varied as the tensions that accompany multiculturalism and globalization to the simpler human drama of how individuals cope with losses for which they bear a portion of the responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2008
The film has a bit of the overdetermined, cosmic-coincidence quality you find, for example, in a work like Babel. These are troubled people caught in the grip of fate, yet Akin, I think, has the skill and the insight to make do with a little less p
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 30, 2008
An exquisitely mysterious feature by the German-born Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
True to its title, The Edge of Heaven hangs uneasily between two spheres.
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
Hanna Schygulla cuts through platitudes with a privately fierce, graceful sense of spiritual space
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 5, 2008
What we don't suspect, going in, is that a film of such plain-speaking admonitions can exploit the element of surprise. Yet this heartfelt and precisely assembled drama does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 8, 2008
The year's most moving film.
| Original Score: 4/4
Anton Bitel
February 21, 2008
With ensemble performances as intense as its drama, The Edge of Heaven leaves the viewer, like Nejat, sitting and waiting in patient awe for an end that will blow in either heavenly reconciliation or hellish oblivion.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
May 20, 2008
Akin's Head-On infused its hellish misfit romance with in-your-face violence; here even two violent deaths are rendered discreetly to the point of bloodlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
May 24, 2008
Another thought-provoking, cross-cultural masterpiece from Turkish-German director Fatih Akin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
May 23, 2008
An ode to youth and homelands, this fictional tale lives up to its searing title.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Page 1 of 4