Dec 12, 2017
Despair does absolutely nothing worth doing, but it does succeed in one area where several hack directors before him failed: bagging a bad performance from Dirk Bogarde.
Mar 18, 2015
The resultant film is, he says, faithful to both Stoppard's script and Nabokov's novel; it is certainly not faithful to Fassbinder, who is here seen tripping over one style after another and ending up utterly ditched.
Mar 18, 2015
Certainly Dirk Bogarde's performance, although arch and mannered, is uncomfortably compelling. And the cinematography is undeniably striking. But I can't say I enjoyed it.
Jan 10, 2012
Everything about Despair feels queasily off - the plot, the acting, the dialogue and the fussily over-decorated sets.
Jun 10, 2011
Not one of [Fassbinder's] best.
Mar 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.
Jan 26, 2006
Bold, garish and obsessive, but more than a little irritating.
May 24, 2003
It suffers from obfuscation and from the fact that it is in English.