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Barbara Reviews

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December 21, 2012
"Barbara" re-visits the quiet, everyday tragedies of the Iron Curtain era, when paranoia ran deep and for very good reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2012
The plotting, the planning and the deepening relationships don't make for kinetic action, but they are the foundation for a smart, engrossing film.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2012
Lit from within, like a lantern; Petzold has made a nighttime movie that ends right on the edge of dawn.
December 20, 2012
"Barbara" is a film about the old Germany from one of the best directors working in the new: Christian Petzold.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2012
Hoss' acting is a marvel of subtlety; her body language is precisely calibrated to reveal a great deal about the character's inner feelings by the slightest changes of posture and facial expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2012
...a slow building character study where looks and actions speak louder than words because of an oppressive political climate.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 20, 2012
The movie's quiet power comes from its air of meticulously maintained suspicion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2012
A sturdy suspense story, set in Stasi-infected East Germany, rich in moral compromise, individual integrity and general desperation, it's elevated by Hoss to something sublime and unforgettable ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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December 20, 2012
Barbara is Hoss' fifth film with Petzold, and the movie rests on the depth and subtlety of their working relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 19, 2012
An intimate meditation on freedom set in East Germany at the end of the Cold War, but this time, it's personal.
December 19, 2012
Somehow, in this stirring narrative, Barbara manages to keep hold of her principles, and her humanity and courage, and battles to save a dissident teenage girl whose life the Communists are trying to destroy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 18, 2012
No special effect this year comes close to what Hoss can accomplish with simple but unbearably explosive eye contact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2012
A transfixing Cold War thriller set in the East Germany of 1980 ...
December 17, 2012
For those who like this sort of hyper-controlled, hugely intelligent work, Barbara will be a must.
December 14, 2012
Barbara takes place in a world of such profound paranoia that it's never certain whether the title character is being overly cautious or reckless.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.7/10
December 4, 2012
A subtle work acted with restraint illustrating a woman's conflict between duty and desire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 30, 2012
This wise and incisively crafted drama brings simmering intelligence and a dry, sardonic compassion to bear on its tale of two doctors slowly worming their way into each other's hearts and minds.
November 30, 2012
Tightly crafted East German drama delivers strong performances and late rewards.
October 10, 2012
A superby-crafted paranoia story ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2012
An enthralling little gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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