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Import/Export Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 3, 2008
The Austrian miserablist who gave us Dog Days - sharper and more mischievous in its portrait of exurbia's human excreta - delivers an essay in symmetrical despondence that seems both tidy and empty, like a trash can after street-cleaning.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 21, 2010
There is never a moment telegraphed in the story...keeping me interested and attentive throughout its 2 hour runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 30, 2007 Seidl's universe, everybody is either miserable or cruel...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2007
A tawdry little film ostensibly about the cultural clashes resulting from the proximity of former Soviet states, such as the Ukraine, to western nations such as Austria. There is a film to be made on the topic, but this isn't it.

The Sun (UK)
October 3, 2008
It came highly recommended by The Sneak's sources, but it is much too bleak, way too long and contains far too many graphic and soulless sex scenes.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 4, 2009
Occasionally drags, but offers a relentlessly stark glimpse into the morbid, tragic life of two lost souls who haven't found happiness or prosperity.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
July 28, 2009
The titular backslash of Import/Export turns out to be a vast geographical schism, crossed only intermittently by thin strands of mutual emotional anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Gill
Independent (UK)
October 3, 2008
At times it feels like a continuation of Lukas Moodysson's Lilya 4-ever in its catalogue of injustices and humiliations, yet, against the odds, it rewards your endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Wigley
Total Film
October 3, 2008
Yet his unerring eye for the absurdity of human behaviour and the rituals we invent for ourselves makes this a blackly humorous treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
August 6, 2009
Technically, the sedate yet stunning 35mm camera is there for the ride and somehow never imposes or dominates the content. And the result is a true triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 31, 2009
Ulrich Seidl's Import Export is an unflinching, at times almost unbearably hard yet moral look at human exploitation.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 5, 2010
Import Export adds the welcome element of humanity to stand between the cruelty and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
October 3, 2008
Veracity and mordant humour are all well and good, but Seidl treads a very fine line between making jokes about being sick and making sick jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Brunette
Screen International
May 23, 2007
It's the very unremitting nature of the vision that forces us to confront an unpalatable truth and in that, many willing to go along may find a strange sort of comfort.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 3, 2008
Import Export is a work of the utmost political importance. It is also, in its rigour and fearlessness, its sorrow and pitilessness, an outstanding artistic achievement.
Christopher Null
July 30, 2009
blunt and brutal
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 13, 2007
Seidl's canny mix of professional and non-professional actors delivers a series of performances, major and minor, of genuinely heart-tugging truth and heartening humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 3, 2008
Sometimes a bit hard to stomach, but has such vividly realistic characters and situations that it can't be ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 18, 2010
Eastern work ethic vs. the softer West. It is clear who Seidl sides with.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 30, 2009
Import Export demands we contemplate the horror and the beauty of existence in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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