Never Look Away Reviews

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December 30, 2019
His "truth" is redemptive and simple...
August 5, 2019
The film makes a strong case for the idea that a society can be judged by its relationship to art - that there is a strong correlation between artistic faculty and political morality.
July 13, 2019
The epic-feeling story never flags, and despite big ideas about life, sin and artistic creativity, it remains watchable.
July 11, 2019
Yet, despite the best intentions of... Gerhard Richter, the director's screenplay has a mini-series superficiality that's reflected in Caleb Deschanel's prettified images of life in Nazi Dresden, Communist East Germany and post-Berlin Wall Dusseldorf.
July 9, 2019
"Never look away," we're told for the umpteenth time. But with von Donnersmarck serving as a dubious Virgil through the circles of 20th century history, you're better off just looking elsewhere.
July 8, 2019
Watching all three hours of it is like binging a particularly compelling miniseries.
July 8, 2019
The plot is based on the life of Gerhard Richter, who has disavowed the movie, but you needn't be clued up on that to appreciate what's on offer: an engaging, eventful film that can't quite escape the tone of a staid miniseries.
July 8, 2019
Another misstep, this time considerably less forgivable.
July 5, 2019
Never Look Away runs to over three hours and is a reasonably engaging human story but it is overly-long and flawed by a certain degree of cinematic indulgence that makes it syrupy and fluffy when it should not be so.
July 5, 2019
Never Look Away is not without ambition and reach, and there is a real storytelling impulse. But the central performance of Schilling looks shruggingly uncertain.
July 5, 2019
Bland ideas are sold cheaply. The cosmetic is valued over the nuanced. But it rifles through its own pages as the reader might a yarn by the recently late Judith Krantz.
July 5, 2019
This is a film that throws a frame around history, and makes it as intimate and tender as a portrait.
July 4, 2019
Tom Schilling is the adult Kurt, Sebastian Koch a Nazi doctor with whom his fate is intertwined in this ambitious, compelling film.
July 4, 2019
Never Look Away is a compelling masterclass in creativity, history, politics and the complexities of human behaviour.
July 3, 2019
Having said that, this is not a biopic, but very much the work of a highly-gifted film-maker, reflecting with open-ness and a touch of wisdom on the place of art in our time.
July 3, 2019
Epic in every sense of the word
July 3, 2019
Never Look Away shows signs of promise, but is let down by an epic scale that is never justified. By the boring final hour, it will become very easy to break the titular rule.
July 3, 2019
An epic three-hour tale of an artist constrained by ideological context ... the tone often shifts from straight biopic, to camp melodrama, to heightened thriller.
July 2, 2019
Never Look Away is a masterpiece of luminous beauty. The cinematography is the best I've ever seen, it has an all-powerful quality that overwhelms beyond all images captured before.
July 1, 2019
An epic post-war drama mounted with solid production values, melodramatic brush strokes, and archetypal storytelling.
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