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Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) Reviews

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April 14, 2016
It's surely the sheer, unvarnished humanity on display that's the film's greatest success.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Duncan Fallowell
The Spectator
July 21, 2015
This is Fassbinder's first public showing in this country and it will not be the last; [he's] a highly skilled German director not yet thirty who also wrote the screenplay and indeed the theme music.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 23, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 22, 2002
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul might sound like improbable, contrived soap opera. It doesn't play that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 6, 2009
A magnificently laconic distillate of taboo and conformism
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 1, 2014
[Fassbinder's] framing is immaculate, his themes are powerful, and the performances are great.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
June 3, 2014
Fassbinder's historicism is a crucial aspect of his modernism: he didn't just make use of prior forms, he quoted them, and derived from them the ironies implicit in his melodramatic styles.
Cole Smithey
March 5, 2013
"Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" is a timeless examination of the insidious effects of prejudice and racism on relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Fassbinder made this one on the cheap between bigger projects and scored with a beautifully observed, and even oddly gentle tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
June 26, 2008
Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications.
Christopher Null
November 28, 2002
One of Fassbinder's crown jewels, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is as powerful as any film he ever made, despite its pedestrian premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Fassbinder uses dramatic and visual excess to push everyday events to extremes, achieving a degree of political and psychological truth not accessible through mere social realism.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2003
A chilling tale about bias.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Keith Uhlich
September 27, 2003
Many of Fassbinder's best films possess a kind of cosmic balance. No one character or belief rises above another without the other shoe dropping.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Keyes
August 6, 2013
The movie operates in passages of such raw and resonating veracity that they seem almost too stark to be in a movie.
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
July 5, 2003
If this were the only film Fassbinder ever made, it would still be one of the great works of cinema. It's only the brilliance and scope of his work both before and after this film that keep me from declaring it his unqualified masterpiece.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 31, 2003
Ali's terse speaking matter is ripe with aphorisms, but it's also another way for Fassbinder to evoke the suspended animation of his character's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 22, 2003
A movie that's simple and honest. It plays universally and feels particularly relevent in 21st century America.
Full Review| Original Score: A
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 21, 2004
A simple and powerful film of great and quiet beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Julian Savage
Senses of Cinema
January 22, 2002
Fassbinder is not interested in offering simple solutions to his character's woes or depicting their decision making as consistent. The impact of Fear Eats the Soul lies in the way all of the characters are shown to be fallible and flawed.
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