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Barbara Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2013
In short, the failures in storytelling detract from the film, despite its sensitivities, its subtleties and its final payoff of personal sacrifice.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2013
A meticulously crafted drama in which the depiction of character, place and circumstance evolves slowly and with intrigue, Barbara is gripping cinema
Emanuel Levy
February 22, 2013
This well acted political melodrama, set during the Cold War, is Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 21, 2013
Hoss' outstanding performance is a deep well of subtle yet unmistakable motives and reactions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
February 21, 2013
A crafty filmmaker, Petzold gives us information in increments. During the first half of his movie, which he co-wrote, we are all but left to our own devices; yet it is fascinating, and appropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 7, 2013
Hoss is fantastic. Barbara is ice cold at the start, understandably so. Yet Hoss makes her sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stan Hall
January 31, 2013
Worth seeing ... both for Petzold's singular aesthetic and for Hoss, who as usual is a riveting presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Miraudo
January 28, 2013
A well-observed, compelling, and evocative character piece, haunted by the ghosts of Germany's recent past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
January 16, 2013
Feels like total immersion into the sights, stresses, and the subtle solidarity among middle-class professionals living in the workers' paradise that Petzold's parents fled.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 16, 2013
[R]esides somewhere in an unsatisfying borderland between drama and thriller, never quite catching fire as either...
Brent Simon
January 16, 2013
A superbly crafted low-boil drama that gets its hooks into you the old-fashioned way, through character, and highlights the difficulties and cost of living by principles.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 12, 2013
Subtly intriguing and ambiguous, it's filled with suspicion and subterfuge.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
January 10, 2013
Despite the limited scope of its predictable narrative, "Barbara" remains a compelling character study thanks to Nina Hoss's enigmatic performance in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 7, 2013
[Leaves] you drained and horrified.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 2, 2013
Christian Petzold's latest thriller threatens to cross over the line from minimalism to nihilism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 28, 2012
Sometimes, the sun shines and the wind blows fresh and the very elements that make for intense hardship also open a window on intense joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 27, 2012
Hoss is mesmerizing as a woman who holds it all together to the point of losing herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 21, 2012
Both insightful and poignant, but not intriguing character study set against the backdrop of a dark time in history.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2012
It's one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
December 21, 2012
It's a quiet film built of careful details.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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