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Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) Reviews

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John Skow
TIME Magazine
March 18, 2015
Dirk Bogarde, looking natty and nerve-worn, is exactly right as the fissured Hermann, a chocolate manufacturer whose business has turned bitter.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2015
The first half is oppressive, cluttered, and funny, but as the film forsakes its artificial settings for more open spaces, it becomes pale and mechanical.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 27, 2012
Fassbinder films life in the cosseted class as a masque of glass and mirrors, replete with alluring deceptions and suave surfaces that belie volcanic passions.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 5, 2012
Effortlessly literate [and] gaudily stylish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Despite a witty, albeit theatrical, script by Tom Stoppard, prolific German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder does not quite bring off the spirited linguistic innovations, wit and penetrating insights of Vladimir Nabokov's novel.
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Bold, garish and obsessive, but more than a little irritating.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The Stoppard script is a joy for anyone who likes the English language.