Never Look Away Reviews

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December 30, 2019
His "truth" is redemptive and simple...
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
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 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.
May 1, 2019
I hadn't seen a whale in a while... a perverse psychological thriller, an art-history leviathan and a pastel lullaby of touchable things and thieved portfolios, a languorous three hours and eight minutes that peruses high art for the sake of hot ham.
April 30, 2019
Never Look Away is an overlong epic drama that's full of excess instead of necessity.
April 8, 2019
Despite the rigor of the mise-en-scène, the film fails. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 28, 2019
The statements about art-the title (in both languages), some of the others quoted already-are an embarrassment, the view of success at once crass and mystical.
February 28, 2019
The characters at its core remain inert, swept along on the tide of history without making much of an impact either on the course of their nation or on the viewer watching it all unfold.
February 27, 2019
Look away, look away, look away, Deutschland!
February 23, 2019
A reach in every sense-for prestige, for 12 different themes, for an extra hour of your time.
February 22, 2019
How ironic that [Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's] film about an artist figure uses a storytelling style that sidesteps artistic innovation and never challenges comfortable taste... Never Look Away is, at best, decorative art.
February 21, 2019
Pardon my disgruntlement, but after three hours, my tendency is to desire a more resounding ending and something less solipsistic.
February 21, 2019
Never Look Away has most of the ingredients for award-season royal jelly... gussied up what is essentially a crude, reductive melodrama.
February 16, 2019
Von Donnersmark has assembled the right blocks for his story but can't quite convert them into a fluid, arresting whole.
February 15, 2019
The cast has ardor, especially Beer and Koch, but the script by von Donnersmarck can't match it.
February 14, 2019
The director somehow manages to insult his audience, misunderstand his subject, and reduce German history into the trappings of turgid melodrama.
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