Reviews

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
Dirk Bogarde, looking natty and nerve-worn, is exactly right as the fissured Hermann, a chocolate manufacturer whose business has turned bitter.
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.
Mar 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.
Mar 18, 2015
[It's] Rainer Werner Fassbinder's most obsessively arty movie and by no means his best. Even so, it is wildly distinctive.
Feb 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.
Jan 5, 2012
A superb surrealist noir.
Jan 5, 2012
Effortlessly literate [and] gaudily stylish.
Jun 7, 2011
Of the authorial trifecta that created Despair, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's voice is the most pronounced.
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 9, 2005
The Stoppard script is a joy for anyone who likes the English language.