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Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest) Reviews

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator
August 4, 2015
It's so visually boring, insanely talkative, arrogantly formalistic.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 15, 2006
Compelling viewing for the delicate way it unfolds and leaves a tingling feeling there's a lot more going on than it seems.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Filmed in black and white, with extraordinary delicacy and reserve, this is one of Fassbinder's best films.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 19, 2004
In spite of achieved small-budget period flavor, the film is ponderously top-heavy in its setting up and complication.

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
One of the finest films to come out of postwar Germany.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's visually beguiling -- its cameramen having found shades of gray between black and white I'm not sure I've seen before -- and it is performed by the Fassbinder stock company with the precision and style one seldom finds outside the legitimate theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 20, 2003
The film demonstrates not only Fassbinder's usual superb technical control and ability to elicit superbly nuanced performances from his actors, but also an unprecedented affinity for literary adaptation and historical sensitivity.
Christopher Null
April 6, 2003
It's Fassbinder's arm's-length direction that makes Effi Briest come off as cold and detached instead of calculating and sad.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The slow, deliberate pace is sometimes taxing, but this story of a 16-year-old girl locked in the boredom of a loveless marriage is perfectly suited to Fassbinder's stifling mise-en-scene.
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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