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Barbara Reviews

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Jennifer Tate
September 26, 2012
This stylish, but rather dull, German drama has good intentions and some strong performances but unfortunately Barbara fails to entice, enchant and entertain, thanks to its unlikeable lead character and discouraging slow pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 27, 2012
We're told this was a Soviet outcrop with constraints on all forms of expression - and low and behold, with the upmost reverence, here's the artistic homage.
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.
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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 21, 2013
Though the film runs a mere 105 minutes, it weighs on viewers like an eternity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2013
This is well-trod ground for Petzold, but never has it been so fully realized, so palpable, as in "Barbara."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
As a film, Barbara is as opaque as its glacial protagonist: Barbara is all about showing and not telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pauline McLeod
Daily Express (UK)
September 30, 2012
An enthralling little gem.
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
John Semley
Slant Magazine
September 18, 2012
Most compelling in Barbara, Christian Petzold's latest, is the way the filmmaker adeptly conducts his tides of Cold War paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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
Aaron Yap
April 9, 2013
A low-key, tenuous romance characterised by its sparse, deliberately paced storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
September 27, 2012
With Barbara, Petzold earns his stripes among Europe's great auteurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
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
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Sam Adams
AV Club
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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
March 21, 2013
Petzold handles personal, formal and political concerns in such harmony that it's difficult, and not especially desirable, to separate one from the next.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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+
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 10, 2012
A superby-crafted paranoia story ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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