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Gloomy Sunday Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 6, 2003
There's a whiff of exploitation about any movie that claims the Holocaust as a 'backdrop,' and Rolf Schübel's treacly tale of three men lovesick for the same blue-eyed beauty fairly reeks of it.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2005
A smoothly crafted, intermittently charming film . . . the dips and turns are predictable and the tense scenes surrounding unhinged or scheming Nazis have been done before.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 11, 2003
Like a lushly histrionic Hollywood production of old, there is something compelling and shamelessly entertaining in the operatic overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 6, 2003
An oddity that takes itself much too seriously.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 7, 2003
It's a piquant story but unfortunately the movie creaks with European-style artifice.
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Edward Crouse
Village Voice
November 4, 2003
An apocryphal, pretty, and somewhat pat biography of the title ballad.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
December 10, 2003
This tragic romance is elegant, picturesque, sensuous, and rather stilted.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 12, 2003
This is kitsch with paprika.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
Despite the movie's occasional overripe charm, it's hard to see Gloomy Sunday as anything more than handsomely crafted cheese.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 15, 2005
This is the kind of material you expect to find in a Lifetime cable-channel movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2003
Odd, how affecting this imperfect film becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Like many European films, GLOOMY SUNDAY has crisp cinematography and gorgeous production design, not to mention that hauntingly melancholic titular tune. The principal actors, for the most part, are attractive and talented. The movie apes the traditi
Full Review | Original Score: B
Larry Carroll
November 14, 2003
A borderline classic, this is a movie that harkens back to such films as Casablanca, but still confidently asserts its own unique voice.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Szymanski
December 31, 2003
For amazing performances in one of the best foreign offerings of the year, look for "Gloomy Sunday," but don't expect it to cheer you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
November 6, 2003
A handsome, romantic and altogether engrossing tale that should absolutely please fans of "the old-fashioned tearjerker".
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 6, 2003
Long on atmosphere and Old World charm.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
May 2, 2007
Undoubtedly deserves to be added to the ranks of the best Holocaust films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric D. Snider
April 18, 2005
It's a film worth seeking out, a good fit for a rainy Saturday or any other less-than-bright day of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
May 13, 2009
With the Hungarian song "Gloomy Sunday" as its thematic centerpiece, this personalized story of Budapest during World War II becomes a satisfying romantic drama about four divergently different people.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 5, 2006
This strange movie has a hard time balancing all these elements, but the film's enormous passion overcomes its more obvious melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
March 25, 2004
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 6, 2003
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Derek Elley
July 28, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 14, 2003

Boston Phoenix
January 27, 2004
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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