Never Look Away Reviews

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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 is not without ambition and reach, and there is a real storytelling impulse. But the central performance of Schilling looks shruggingly uncertain.
June 19, 2019
Most biopics never crack an artist's process, if they even try, but this one goes in hard, in a courageous way. That's part of von Donnersmarck's purpose -- to chart the artist's growth and self-realization.
March 1, 2019
You won't look away.
February 28, 2019
Abstract as some of its themes are, Never Look Away is an absorbing story that seldom drags despite its length.
February 21, 2019
There is horror and beauty in this film, and sometimes both at the same time...
February 15, 2019
Never Look Away becomes livelier after Kurt and Ellie escape to West Berlin and settle in culturally bustling Düsseldorf.
February 15, 2019
Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's ambitious three-hour pre- and post-WWII epic has the rare and curious distinction of opening with a villain-speech that's actually supposed to inform your experience of the film.
February 14, 2019
The title of "Never Look Away" is deliciously ironic: This is one of the most mesmerizing, compulsively watchable films in theaters right now.
February 14, 2019
Somewhere in the decision to alter Richter's life, von Donnersmarck has invented plot details that are simply too hard to swallow.
February 13, 2019
Lightning has not struck twice. At over three hours long, "Never Look Away" is a sumptuous epic of post-World War II Germany whose points are many and unsharpened.
February 13, 2019
[It's] a highly ambitious, compulsively watchable and also exhausting and exasperating work, not merely for its length but because it has the feel of more than one film.
February 12, 2019
Unlike its main character, it is not a great work of art. But it is a most agreeable, pleasurable cinematic calling card.
February 9, 2019
Donnersmarck has crafted an unparalleled masterpiece, a three-plus hour epic that leaves you wanting more.
February 8, 2019
Rich as the film may be in aesthetic considerations -- very rich indeed -- it's the startling arc of Kurt's life story that sustains the dramatic narrative.
February 4, 2019
Stately rather than stealthy... but you are borne along, nonetheless, by the clash of characters, and by the ironies of historical momentum.
February 3, 2019
It's Middlebrow Realism, comrades.
February 1, 2019
Like von Donnersmarck's 2006 debut film, The Lives of Others, (and overlooking The Tourist, a terrible English-language misfire he directed in the interim), Never Look Away is a marvel.
Top Critic
January 28, 2019
See it and prepare to be stunned and exhausted at the same time.
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