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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
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.
April 26, 2017
It even manages something like a happy ending without sugar-coating the still poignantly relevant themes.Timely and heartbreaking, some 43 years after its debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 23, 2002
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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
September 6, 2009
A magnificently laconic distillate of taboo and conformism
October 1, 2014
[Fassbinder's] framing is immaculate, his themes are powerful, and the performances are great.
March 27, 2017
One of the most beautiful films ever made, plain and simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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
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
June 26, 2008
Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications.
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
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.
March 30, 2017
Fassbinder made so many incredible films, but this is certainly up there with his finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 17, 2003
A chilling tale about bias.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
April 2, 2017
The performances are flawless; the themes remain timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
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