Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest) Reviews

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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
January 26, 2006
Filmed in black and white, with extraordinary delicacy and reserve, this is one of Fassbinder's best films.
July 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2003
One of the finest films to come out of postwar Germany.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
August 4, 2015
It's so visually boring, insanely talkative, arrogantly formalistic.
June 19, 2004
In spite of achieved small-budget period flavor, the film is ponderously top-heavy in its setting up and complication.
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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