Never Look Away Reviews

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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 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 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
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.
June 26, 2019
If Never Look Away gives us a plot of blithe, even sudsy-at-times compellingness, with pulsing subplots and plural characters, isn't that better than a worthy bore?
June 26, 2019
A truly outstanding film and a return to form for one of the most talented European filmmakers.
June 25, 2019
Within every moment of Never Look Away the film finds something of beauty and interest to explore, but it's also in its need to fill every scene with something of substance that it stifles its own vision.
June 25, 2019
It may be proof of Donnersmarck's success that the artist has now dissociated himself from the film.
June 21, 2019
Never Look Away is a three-hour movie of emotional depth that, despite its long running time, maintains its grip on your attention.
June 21, 2019
...a genuinely epic and emotionally devastating drama.
June 21, 2019
Art and politics are explored in depth in this challenging but generally impressive examination of Germany in recent times, and though the film's running time is excessive, the story is a gripping one.
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