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Jerichow Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 10, 2009
A well-crafted and well-acted reworking of the classic noir film The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
September 10, 2009
Petzoid takes the Cain themes of lust and duplicity and twists them into a reflection on modern Germany, where nationalism and loyalties and identity and economics are jumbled and thrown into confusion.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 28, 2009
Isn't startlingly new, but it's a nice twist on a familiar formula, and should satisfy anyone who wants to see the postman, as it were, ring yet again.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 2009
A taut, German-made thriller, Jerichow adds a bit of European xenophobia to the pulp traditions of passion and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Craig Phillips
July 30, 2009
Jerichow is not the masterfully complex work that Yella* was, but it's very tightly constructed and made, showing in some ways Peltzold's maturity as a filmmaker.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 17, 2009
This is a movie made by and for adults, and adults should consider seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 10, 2009
This swift, skillful film builds to a closing image that leaves you with what they call the wow factor on Top Chef not just because the finale is so shocking but because it is also so shockingly inevitable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 3, 2009
This is silly romance. It's sillier suspense. But I'm not above saying I enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 25, 2009
It's easy to compare Jerichow with the films of The Postman Always Rings Twice, with the grimy gas station owner, the sexy wife and the rugged drifter, but people have a way of not behaving according to their superficial qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 26, 2009
So compact and controlled is this fine film.
Kam Williams
May 18, 2009
How do you say 'Three's a crowd' auf Deutsch?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nora Lee Mandel
May 16, 2009
The ironic denouement doesn't match the fever pitch of the build up. But . . .the walls of Jerichow fall down just from the heat Fürmann and Hoss generate.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 16, 2009
A taut, character-driven and intelligently crafted thriller with a strong and radiant performance by Nina Hoss.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
May 15, 2009
A modern-day, Teutonic Postman Always Rings Twice? Yes, Jerichow is just that, but minus the needed passion or suspense.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 15, 2009
Viewers will be drawn in by Jerichow even if they aren't familiar with Cain's tale and the other movies it spawned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2009
Petzold, who has a crisp style and sharp sense of the visual, is too talented and imaginative to allow his film to become predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 15, 2009
There is nonetheless something haunting about this film, a sense of desperation and defeat that seems less like a generic convention than like a genuine insight.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 15, 2009
A great modern neo-noir thriller with sparse, tight dialog and passion that boils right through to the final shocking ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Geoff Berkshire
May 14, 2009
As we observe Jerichow's three main characters navigate their noirish narrative with a sense of cool detachment it becomes increasingly troubling that Petzold neglected to give us a reason to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 14, 2009
Jerichow's sparseness, tiny cast, and minimal plot can make the film seem a little elusive, but there's a certain elegance to Petzold's concision, too. He shows all he wants us to see.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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