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Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 16, 2010
An honourable effort to illustrate a period in post-war German history that remained conveniently shrouded for years.
| Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
December 18, 2009
The suffering of these Berlin women, however tragic, is decontextualized from the infinitely greater crimes against humanity's millions by Germany at the time, which in fact was responsible for their fate.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 4, 2009
It's a rigorous adaptation, handsomely mounted and with fine performances, but totally impersonal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 6, 2009
A clear-eyed portrait of a highly charged chapter in Germany's history, a history that once again proves rewarding fodder for an alert artistic imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 9, 2009
That rarest of wartime dramas: an intimate, sorrowful glimpse into the heart and loins of the hellish aftermath of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 6, 2009
Though deliberately paced and somewhat repetitive, it's...powerful and enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2009
No one is guiltless-not the Russian commander (Yevgeny Sidikhin) who takes the heroine as his lover, nor her bourgeois landlady (Fassbinder alumnus Irm Hermann), who welcomes the occupiers for their black market goods.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 24, 2009
The film is well-acted, with restraint, by Hoss and Sidikhin. The writer and director, Max Faerberboeck, employs a level gaze and avoids for the most part artificial sentimentality. The physical production is convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 15, 2009
This sobering account of such tragic events deserves kudos for avoiding sensationalizing a subject matter that easily could be exploited.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Mohan
August 28, 2009
Like The Reader, this film treads unsteadily over the terrain of German guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 28, 2009
A disturbing memoir of rape and conquest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
August 25, 2009
evokes the meaninglessness of trying to find morals in war
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 21, 2009
Sometimes a movie based on true events is forceful out of all proportion to its middling presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2009
[A] brutal, unforgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2009
This little-known, morally complex tale of German women's endurance in WWII raises interesting questions and almost forces you to take a stance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Harvey S. Karten
July 23, 2009
Now it can be told: the ugly truth that German women cooperated with the Russian enemy to avoid rape, and what's more appear to have developed affection for the conquerors!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 18, 2009
Captivating and emotionally resonating with a powerfully raw performance by Nina Hoss.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.35/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 17, 2009
Though the story is based in truth, an emotionally removed Hoss feels more like a symbol than an actual person, while her detached narration keeps us at further remove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 17, 2009
A Woman in Berlin, which is based on an anonymously written memoir of the same name, serves also as a testimony to women who put men in their place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
July 17, 2009
However and wherever you see it, A Woman in Berlin is a distinctive achievement, a World War II movie unlike any other and one of the few films ever to address a topic that makes almost everyone want to look away: What happens to women in wartime.
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