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Toni Erdmann Reviews

February 24, 2017
"Toni Erdmann" has plenty to say about parenting, ambition, feminism and modern happiness, but not enough to justify its absurdly longwinded running time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 16, 2017
Hüller is amusingly discombobulated as the uptight Ines. But the film is perhaps best appreciated as a showcase for the gifted Simonischek, whose portrayal of Winfried/Toni is one for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2017
At nearly three hours, "Toni Erdmann" is expansive but rarely self-indulgent, and the emotional payoff, when it comes, feels truly and bizarrely earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 8, 2017
Funny, tender, outrageous - this unpredictable movie belongs in a category all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 2, 2017
Rather than setting up jokes, scoring points and swiftly moving on, Ade keeps her shots rolling past the natural beats, hindering what at its core is a road trip comedy - one that is thinly staged, shot and edited.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 27, 2017
Sure enough, Andy Kaufman's prankster and premeditatedly abrasive second-self was the impetus behind this epic one-joke comedy from German writer-director Maren Ade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 27, 2017
As director Maren Ade builds one extended set piece after another, you will gradually spy her brilliant fusion of form and function ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2017
Comedies are supposed to be short, but this German farce... succeeds by virtue of its endlessness-like its hero, an aging piano teacher and irrepressible joker, the movie keeps bugging you and bugging you until you can't help but laugh.
January 26, 2017
Despite a nearly three-hour running time that feels at times like a miniseries, Ade's script is that unique conundrum: an art house comedy with a deft pace and finely tuned emotional intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 26, 2017
The movie is worth its sloggiest moments - and its frequently off-putting title character - for Hüller's fearless performance, which is a revelation of pathos, humor and keen, sharp-eyed focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 26, 2017
The movie has a lot to say about the endless, free-floating bs women must contend with in a capitalistic patriarchy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 26, 2017
"Toni Erdmann" is worth every minute of your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 26, 2017
Toni Erdmann is an immensely rich, deeply-felt exploration of human relationships that draws you in and holds you fast for nearly three hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 18, 2017
That the movie works so well is also due to the exceptional talents of leads Simonischek and Huller, who hold nothing back - especially the former, whose Winfried is one of the oddest ducks in recent movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2017
It's some new, evolved form of awkward comedy that doesn't strive to make the audience wince, but rather lives in every joyously strange, unsettling moment.
January 6, 2017
It's all fitfully sharp and amusing but hardly a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 2, 2017
Brilliantly funny and moving.
Top Critic
December 28, 2016
Toni Erdmann is silly yet profoundly moving, a movie that speaks to the human disconnect of our time.
December 28, 2016
If you're looking for the best and most beguiling foreign-language film of the year, you'll find it in Maren Ade's German father-daughter story that will leave you laughing and choking back tears, often simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 27, 2016
There isn't a question in any of the filming; Ade's sense of representation is one of confident approximations. In sticking to a familiarly unquestioned sense of cinematic reality, she empties it of psychological reality; it's a movie with no inner life.
December 23, 2016
A comedy with just as many moments of sadness, disaffection, and humiliation as there are laughs, the film never shies away from awkward human strangeness. This is how it sticks, and sticks the ending.
December 23, 2016
Abundantly talented writer/director Maren Ade fully embraces the inherent awkwardness of a testy emotional bond and tackles it to the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 23, 2016
A nice new comedy, with plenty of smiles and a few genuine belly laughs. And, at the same time, a painfully honest family drama, made for anyone who's ever been an embarrassed teen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2016
A thrilling act of defiance against the toxicity of doing what is expected, on film, at work and out in the world.
December 22, 2016
Ade has an unusual gift for planting more than one idea in each frame; I don't think there's a single one of the movie's 162 minutes that can be reduced to a single emotional beat or narrative function.
December 22, 2016
Toni Erdmann remains constantly absorbing through its precise examination of even the most mundane interactions.
December 21, 2016
Flat, sober, paced like an art picture, its themes never directly announced: Toni Erdmann should be deadly. Instead, people scream at the screen. Really, they go crazy.
May 20, 2016
Ade begins with a fairly simple dynamic and then proceeds to tease out every possible facet, taking her characters to truly unexpected places and ending on a note of disarming irresolution.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 20, 2016
A sly evocation of the absurdities and banalities of modern life. Just brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 17, 2016
A slow-burning thing of beauty, ultimately as moving as it is implausibly funny.
Top Critic
May 14, 2016
Like all great humanist filmmaking, Toni Erdmann keeps an eye out for life at the edges, even when the lives in focus consume a whole lot of energy.