Agnes and His Brothers Reviews

March 1, 2007
Has much to recommend
August 17, 2006
It's a slick, ambitious movie that doesn't always nail all the many moods and themes it's after. But the actors give it force and depth.
July 18, 2006
The film's outrageousness would be more palatable if leavened with more wit, or if the characterizations possessed more nuances.
June 24, 2006
Writer-director Oskar Roehler spends all his energy on cataloging ''outrageous' behavior, and none on giving the transgressions any meaning.
June 10, 2006
Neither Agnes nor his brothers ever feel real enough to truly shock.
June 9, 2006
some of the best acting to come out of Germany since before the Nazis took over.
June 9, 2006
In shuttling between drama and farce, more than a few balls get dropped.
June 9, 2006
[The film] isn't especially engaging, despite a quietly charismatic performance by Weiss, a relative newcomer who holds his own against far more experienced actors.
June 9, 2006
There's fierce energy and -- thanks to the performances -- affecting emotion in the movie that almost makes you forget that Rainer Werner Fassbinder told a similar story much better 28 years ago with In a Year with 13 Moons.
June 9, 2006
About halfway through, however, the story takes on more than it can handle, turning contrived and unbelievable in the process.
June 9, 2006
Whenever he takes the time to line up his toxic arrows, usually with the help of a compellingly squirmy Bleibtreu, he hits the bull's-eye.
June 9, 2006
Where Roehler spends the most time, it seems, is with Werner, whose story evolves from satiric parody to compelling family drama -- there are few scenes more satisfying than when he takes a chainsaw to his son's marijuana crop.
June 8, 2006
The feverish libidos wreaking emotional havoc in Oskar Roehler's infantile sex comedy are a quintessentially Germanic mixture of kinky, obsessive and sentimental.
June 7, 2006
It says something about Roehler's vision for Agnes And His Brothers that he didn't think much about the movie's centerpiece character, beyond the simplistic irony of having the family transsexual be the most normal.
June 6, 2006
Painfully literal/ironic soundtrack choices add to the general unpleasantness, and the nods to Fassbinder's great In a Year of 13 Moons only emphasize what this scattershot satire most decidedly is not.
June 6, 2006
Fitfully engaging but narratively messy.
May 23, 2006
Effectively mixes humor with melodrama to deliver an absorbing look at 3 brothers with enormous emotional problems.
April 20, 2005
Just as the characters are underthought, the storylines are incongruently pieced together.
April 18, 2005
While the script has the occasional hiccough, the impeccable performances of the three actors actually make us care for these dysfunctional brothers.