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

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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Chris Cabin
August 25, 2009
evokes the meaninglessness of trying to find morals in war
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Stewart
Slant Magazine
July 15, 2009
As quickly as possible, the initial, brutal encounters are concluded and the film is hurried along to its second, plot-heavy incarnation as a healing-and-reconciliation drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
July 17, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 15, 2009
One of the best of a new breed of indigenous movies prying open the Pandora's box of German suffering in World War II.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
July 17, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nora Lee Mandel
July 17, 2009
[C]reates complex, three-dimensional men and women, Germans and Russians, who are each victims of political propaganda and the horrors of a brutal, total war.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
Kent Turner
July 16, 2009
[Nina Hoss], one of Germany's rising stars, delivers ... the complexity that the film, layered with tangled relationships, seeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
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-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 17, 2009
A sprawling, difficult, powerful film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
August 28, 2009
A disturbing memoir of rape and conquest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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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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